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Emily Pilloton

Author and Founder of Project H

**Emily Pilloton** founded Project H in 2008, believing deeply in the power of design and building to excite learning and citizenship. Her first crush, MacGyver, sparked her love of constrained problem solving and tinkering. She went on to study architecture and building because it was the one thing that allowed her to geek out about everything, from math and structural engineering to ethnography and the fascinating behavior of people. Emily believes that by giving youth, particularly girls and students of color, the skills to design and build their wildest ideas, we can support the next generation of creative, confident changemakers. Her ideas and work have made their way to the TED stage, \_The Colbert Report\_, the \_New York Times\_, and more. She is the author of two books, \_Design Revolution: 100 Products That Empower People\_ and \_Tell Them I Built This: Transforming Schools, Communities, and Lives with Design-Based Education\_. When she isn’t welding with her 10- year-old Camp H girls or co-teaching Studio H, Emily loves to run, write, rabble-rouse, and eat unreasonable amounts of Mexican food.