DesignLab researcher Cristina Zaga listed in VIVA400 Vote before December 1st

DesignLab researcher Cristina Zaga has been included in the VIVA400, an annual list of 400 successful and inspiring women compiled by VIVA magazine. Her work has been acknowledged in the category Tech & Innovation. You can vote for her until December 1st.


Cristina (Design Production and Management Departiment and DesignLab researcher) is an assistant professor on a mission to design technology in a responsible way and involve people in the process. She develops technology and make it responsible, desirable for the future we want to live in. She has innovated the field of robotics going beyond social robot to robotic things that give agency and control back to people. 

For example, she involved children from Twente and New York State in the design of robot technology to support prosocial behavior and collaboration.  Her goal is to develop technology that responsibly support education, and human flourishing without substituting itself to humans or causing more issues than it solves, but giving back control to humans. She believes in a future designed for and with society. Cristina has won many accolades for her work. Lately she was selected by Design United for the Eindhoven Design Week to present her work in responsible robotics and she was chosen as one of Google’s Women Techmakers. She was also a mentor at one of the largest hackathons in Europe.


UT has a total of 5 nominees to celebrate. Besides Cristina Zaga, also Sabine Siesling and Ruchi Bansal (both in the category Healthcare & Education) and Monica Morales Masis and Anna Sperotto (both in the category Tech & Innovation) are contenders.


You can cast your vote until 1 December 2020. You may vote once per category for the woman you believe is most successful, passionate or inspiring. Sign in with your Facebook, LinkedIn or Viva account. The number of votes and a professional jury will determine the lucky recipient of the renowned VIVA400 award.