Marco Berlot / Zeelie Brown

Marco Berlot / Zeelie Brown

 

Marco Berlot is a software engineer and musician from Turin, Italy. He’s studied Computer Science & Engineering around the world with degrees from Polytechnic University of Turin, Tongji University in Shanghai, and Cornell Tech in NYC. His focus areas are connecting technical principles like distributed systems and Natural Language processing to human systems like health, education, and government. In the past few years, Marco has worked at the Nexa Center from Internet & Society, building a tool to help public entities stay compliant with anti-corruption law, at Cornell Tech, developing a tool to help Alzheimer’s researchers detect the early stages of the disease using patient writing patterns, and at Campuswire, a communication/collaboration platform for college classes.  Currently, he is a software engineer at Turbonomic, an AI-powered platform for server workload automation. Outside of work, he plays jazz guitar and is working on a project connecting Italian students to stories and resources on the startup world.

Zeelie Brown makes queer sanctuaries called “soulscapes.” Through composition, cello performance, textiles, and installations, they depth charge wells of Afro-Atlantic dynamism to conjure up works which provoke a sense of environmental and cultural shifts. Their work meditates black freedom in the 21st century, and the renegotiation of the parasitic networks of power and privilege weft into the global, colonial world order. They were born in San Antonio and were raised between San Antonio and Pollard, Alabama. They graduated from Oberlin College with a BA in Africana Studies (Fine Arts) which they used to open their heart and soul to jazz, philosophy, and other great arts of the black world.