March 8 - May 8 2021


A word around which new influences of consumption and new business models for companies are being created: but what does sustainability really mean, how is it achieved? How can we move towards conscious and truly sustainable purchasing choices? As the world is moving towards new economies (circular, shared, green), it requires new business models and products that will be designed to be disassembled and 100% recyclable.
In this section, MICAM X will be the opportunity to listen to prominent opinions and develop the conversation, providing a concrete basis for their choices to the operators of the industry

The speakers


As Executive Director of Sloan’s Center for Collective Intelligence, Kathleen currently is working to coordinate new cross-campus programs and build collaborations with organizations around the world. From July 2016-June 2017, she served as a lead organizer for The Engine, a new MIT initiative created to advance innovation. In 2014 she co-founded HUBweek, a first-of-its-kind civic collaboration and weeklong festival in Boston. Prior to that she was President of MIT Technology Review and the MIT Enterprise Forum. In 2019 she co-founded Mirabelle Tx, a therapeutic skin care startup.

Kathleen Kennedy – Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT)

Federico is an innovator and an entrepreneur. MSc in Environmental Sciences and Technologies at the University of Milan in 1997, he works with his teams to innovate and promote “innovative sustainability” business models in Fashion, Luxury, Interior Design, Automotive and other industries. He has developed specific technical skills in: Applied Research, Biotechnologies, Life Cycle Assessment, Life Cycle Costing, Corporate Social Responsibility, Risk Management, Technology Transfer. He is also the curator of Innovation Square by Lineapelle (

Federico Brugnoli

Pete has been an innovator in the footwear industry for over 25 years and currently works at the forefront of sustainability to advance circular footwear solutions. His approach seeks to reconcile a possible and necessary future to the traditional business model where product responsibility ends at point of sale. His career began at EPAM Continuum in Boston, then Exeter Research (a biomechanics and footwear design firm based in New Hampshire). In 1998 Pete joined the Timberland Company and as design director, defined and developed new franchises at the company, notably Timberland Boot Company and many of the most commercially successful, sustainable Earthkeepers collections. He now works as a footwear industry consultant specializing in the pragmatic implementation of innovation and sustainability.

Pete Lankford – Footwear Industry Consultant

Nicoline has more than 30 years of experience is all sides of the shoes industry. Currently, she is the founder and creative director of The Footwearists, the international platform for footwear innovation. She connects great minds and companies across all sections of the footwear supply chain – from machine manufacturers, material suppliers and brands to retailers, biotechnology and software developers – with the aim of creating meaningful innovation for people and planet. She also runs Footwearology; the online academy for footwear professionals that focuses on classes in new manufacturing and design technologies and sustainable practices.

Nicoline van Enter - The Footwearists