We are a collective of makers and innovators, of Researchers, Psychologists, Biochemists, Strategists, Digital Devs. & Designers, VR/AR architects, IOT specialists, Industrial Designers etc.

We often collaborate with each other and with external experts to build next generation products and solutions. Some of us are undercover agents, who surface only when needed.


Sargheve Sukumaran

Founder & Experience Designer

Sargheve has been creating new Products and Experiences for the European, American and Asian markets for over 12 years. He was the former Head of Mobile Product Design in Samsung Design Studio (south-west asia).

He enjoys working at the confluence of Design, Technology and Business, with a clear focus on Strategic Creativity. He founded Designforlife to build an ecosystem ideal for innovation, to grow through easy and affordable access to Design, Technology and Business expertise.

He has been mentoring and facilitating workshops in various events like Google Launchpad Week, Reaktor X, Warsaw Accelerator, Wolves Summit, Mobile Central Europe, SaaS Meetup etc.


Kris Wrobel

Raptor Technologist

Chris finished his Dual Degree Masters on both Technische Universität Berlin and Warsaw University of Technology. 6 years of Computer Science studies with focus on computer vision, augmented reality and machine learning. Additionally 3 years of professional experience in mobile development as Android Developer. He is passionate about human-computer interfaces and wearable and emphasises on combining and adapting advanced technologies for daily usage

He co-founded Velocicaptor, a fitness wearable startup and very well understands the need of "Running Lean". Climbing keeps him in shape and he is always ready for new adventures in life.



Shivani Upreti

Ethnographer & Co-Creation Specialist

With a background in Psychology, Anthropology and Development, Shivani has been examining human behaviour and socio-cultural practices in the Asian, African and European markets for seven years. She has helped several businesses and policy makers in strategizing, identifying opportunities and developing products, services & communications.

Shivani enjoys living in zones of exploration and immersive environments that foster collective creativity, to generate actionable insights for marketers, designers, developers and policy makers. Currently, she serves as the business lead for customized research in the financial, public sector & sustainability verticals of a global consumer insights firm in Dubai, prior to which she worked with a Copenhagen based design and strategy consultancy. She consults with several social start-ups around the globe.

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Anna Makowska

Visual Designer

A Scuba diver, Digital nomad and Creator.

Anna worked in renowned advertisement agencies such as 180Hb +Jung von Matt, ISOBAR etc. She has been collaborating with many top-tier brands in media, in the digital and printing space. She has bagged various awards like Cannes Lions, Effie, Golden Drum, Clio Awards etc.

Currently she works as a freelancer and travels the world.

She believes that “Excellent design provides superior function, performance and value.”

Tomasz Ciamulski

Hardware Mastermind

Tomasz Ciamulski is a research engineer who creates hi-tech businesses as technology founder and an angel investor. Graduated from Warsaw University of Technology (MSc’00, PhD’05),

Worked in research-industrial R&D projects at Mid Sweden University (electronics), University of Bergen (physics) and Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. Author of over 30 publications. Participated in R&D teams in such companies like TechLab 2000 (cybersecurity and embedded systems), Nera Networks (telecommunication backhaul radio-lines), QWED (electromagnetic analysis, microwave technology). Created two larger Polish-Norwegian R&D projects.

Founder to Elnovel, a partnership of three hi-tech founders and inventors who participated in creation of dozens of solutions, devices, and systems. 


Noemi Gryczko

Innovation & Co-creation Catalyst

Noemi has worked on various strategic processes and capacity building programs with international organizations (UNDP, WB), local governments (Plock, Ostrów Wielkopolski) and in public institutions (The Ministry of Labour and Social Policy in Poland) on a broad range of projects.

In Global Libraries (The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Polish-American Freedom Foundation program) she encouraged 3800 libraries in rural areas to start new shared services for the people, transforming library into a central sharing space where people and ideas meet, with the help of new technologies.



Michal Tajchert

Wearables Nomad

Michal is the organizer of Google Developer Group, Warsaw, also a passionate android developer. He is currently working on 12Hours.io. He has created and developed tons of mobile apps for numerous cutting edge technology projects focusing on building a brighter future.

Lately, he is focusing on the wearables market and Android wear platform, especially post the development of Sony smartwatches and Google Glass. He is also an author of android libraries such as BusWear, WaitingDots, ExceptionWear and many more.


Anna Walkowska

3D Technology Ambassador

Anna is a happy entrepreneur since 2009. She is the CEO of Homplex and also a start-up activist and motivator. Being a fan of photorealistic 3D visualizations she co-founder of Homplex - a platform promoting 3D technology support for furnishing products through “shop the room” model. In 2011 she co-funded Reaktor - a Warsaw based co-working centre. 

She serves as the Director of Startup Grind Warsaw chapter since May 2011. Since February 2015, she is working on independent acceleration centre for start-ups, supporting co-operation with corporates and pro-entrepreneurship organisations. She graduated from PJWSTK in Warsaw. She spent 15 years in web app development, 3 years as IT security expert in ABN AMRO and Royal Bank of Scotland, where she was managing an international team.


Manoj Nair

IT Solutions Strategist

Manoj has more than 18 years of international experience in the delivery of advanced IT business solutions to local and enterprise customers. He holds an ME from the Technical University of Warsaw, Poland.

Currently he is responsible for Business development at C&F , a company providing advanced IT solution to Global companies. Prior to that he was the Managing Director of Columbus Poland, CEO and Founder of Creative Innovation Group and Customer Services Director of Scala Business Solutions.


Jose Rodriguez

Entrepreneur & Design Sprint Master

Jose is the Co-founder and CEO of Wiffinity, a Spanish/Dutch start-up that aggregates existing WIFI networks to provide the tourism industry a reliable and easy way to connect to the internet while travelling.

He was the Co-organizer of TEDxPlazaCibeles 2011, Curator of TEDxTelefónica 2012/2013/14 and Wayra Innovation Day (May 2013). He is a Design Sprint Master (Google UK) & Lean Start-up mentor. He believes that Life is about "validating" and "constantly learning". Jose is a qualified Professional Project Manager (PMP), Electronic Engineer from University Simon Bolivar (Venezuela), with long trajectory in Telecom projects, and wide multinational/ multicultural experience. He has worked in different countries in South America & Europe. He has lead teams of over 150 members and projects worth USD 250+ million.