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Ileana Apostol (PhD Planning University of Southern California, Los Angeles) is a researcher of spatial production in the information age, a lecturer in urban sociology at ETH Zurich, and co-founder of Zurich-based NetHood association. By claiming the right to the hybrid city, she engages with neighborhood action groups and with interdisciplinary research teams that explore ways of living sustainably in the city. Previously Ileana has taught urban planning and design in Los Angeles at California Polytechnic University and University of Southern California, and in Bucharest at the University of Architecture and Urbanism.

Panayotis Antoniadis is co-founder of NetHood.org and Ecosystem facilitator at ETH Zurich's Chair of Architecture and Urban Transformation (Newrope), chair of the Internet Society Switzerland Chapter (event series 7at7.digital), and president of the hybrid urban space L200 (langstrasse200.ch). Panayotis has an interdisciplinary profile with background on the design and implementation of distributed systems (Computer Science Department, University of Crete), Ph.D. on the economics of peer-to-peer networks (Athens University of Economics and Business), post-doc on federation policies (Pierre and Marie Curie University, UPMC, Paris), and interdisciplinary research on bridging the digital with the physical urban space (ETH Zurich).

Jens Martignoni studied mechanical engineering at Technikum Winterthur and economy in Nonprofit-Management at the University of Fribourg/Switzerland. He is working for many years in research and development of new economy systems and community currencies. He was co-founder of the Flecü-currency, an innovative community currency approach between 1992-96 in Zurich and has a broad experience in developing civil-society and sustainable-living initiatives. He is currently Senior Researcher and Lecturer on Project Management at the ZHAW School of Management and Law. He is also the CEO and head of research of FleXibles - Association for the investigation of new-economy and Lecturer at the Swiss Distance University of Applied Science. His focus are systemic approaches and modelling of economical and currency phenomenas within communities or cooperative structures. His special interest applies to currencies for cooperatives and he developed the „Quartierwaehrung“ a currency for housing cooperatives and neighborhoods, which he further developed in the netCommons project.

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Jonas Jakob is a board member of the association for collaborative housing and regional economy Neustart Schweiz and the new cooperative Stadtufer. His specialisation is both in crafts as well as in research. After getting certified as stone mason he studied at the University of Applied Sciences in Wädenswil (CH) and Rapperswil (CH). He holds a degree BSc. on Natural Resource Sciences with specialisation in Environmental Education and Regional Development, and a MSc. on Spatial Development and Landscape Architecture with focus on housing cooperatives and Urban and Rural Development, including practical work at the Institution Unesco-World Heritage Site Tectonic Arena Sardona and the landscape planning office Schlitner Landschaftsplanung (Planning office for environmental protection in nature reserves and agricultural landscapes). He contributed to the project Crochet (Strengthening Croatian-Swiss Partnerships for Local Social and Economic Growth), as part of an international team of researchers and activists, and he is the leader of an ongoing effort to build an action research project building links between L200 and Stadtufer.

Carlo Milani is a writer, translator, and technology educator. Through the group CIRCE is developing the "hacker pedagogy" approach for digital empowerment. He is leading on behalf of NetHood the development of the digital platform for hybrid deliberations in the context of the EU Horizon 2020 project EuComMeet and the Really Simple Federation framework for the Creative Europe project C4R.

Evgenia Tsianou is a science communicator with a background in environmental engineering (Dip.Democritus Uni of Thrace) and climate science (MSc. ETH Zürich). She has worked in Tunisia, Greece, Germany and Switzerland and she has participated in educational programmes in Thailand and Japan. For the last 15 years, she has initiated, developed and implemented projects of various formats (more than 35 activities). She is a co-founder of bioco, a Community Supported Agriculture organisation of the region Baden-Brügg. For the last three years, she has performed science communicator duties on six projects, including Horizon 2020 and other EU funded projects under DISSCO, DISsemination SCience Communication, mainly on circular economy topics. Evgenia is engaged with NetHood in the development of knowledge exchange and science communication processes around core NetHood activities.

Philipp Klaus (Dr. sc.nat.) is a social and economic geographer. His field of research is urban development with focuses on cultural production, subculture, creative industries, alternative spaces, their role in neighbourhoods as well as in the global competition among cities. Also, he regularly gives interviews in local and national Swiss media. In 2003 he started the private and independent INURA Zurich research Institute together with Chris Lüthi (today at Federal Aquatic Research EAWAG) and Richard Wolff (today vicemayor of Zurich). Since 1999 Philipp Klaus is the secretary of the International Network for Urban Research and Action INURA.