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Jie Qi is a designer, educator, inventor and entrepreneur based in Tokyo.

She is cofounder and creative director of Chibitronics, an open hardware company that produces creative learning toolkits blending paper craft with electronics and programming. Chibitronics combines art with engineering to empower creators of all backgrounds to make their own expressive and personally meaningful technologies.

Currently at the University of Tokyo, Jie is a project assistant professor in the Graduate School of Engineering, in the Kawahara Lab. Her research explores the intersection of traditional paper craft, bookmaking and storytelling practices with contemporary digital technologies and interactivity.

Jie is an alum of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at the Harvard University Law school, where she investigated open approaches to innovation and entrepreneurship. As a 2017-2018 Fellow, she created PatentPandas.org, a resource to teach patent law through friendly panda comics and real life inventors’ stories, as well as connect independent creators to free legal council.

Previously, Jie was a member of the Responsive Environments, High-Low Tech and Lifelong Kindergarten groups at the MIT Media Lab. While there, she researched paper electronics, creative learning, electronics manufacturing and how to deploy research at scale.

Jie holds a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Columbia University and a masters and PhD in media arts and sciences from the MIT Media Lab.