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The Inaugural CH25 Draws to a Close

After a search for and celebration of the next generation of future-makers, our program with Cadillac ends for 2015

Back in May this year, we joined forces with Cadillac and embarked on a search for emerging talent—individuals who are shaping and informing the future. From designers of super-smart wearable tech to founders whose businesses empower people in developing countries, and gender-fluid fashion to remarkable ways of experiencing live music, our CH25 honorees are inventive, thoughtful and nothing if not forward-thinking.

From hundreds of nominations, our panel of experts—along with Cool Hunting’s editorial team—hand-picked the 25 individuals. Thank you to
Jessica Banks: founder of Rock, Paper, Robot

Eric Demby: co-founder of Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg

John Maeda: graphic designer, computer scientist, academic and author

Andrew Smith: executive director of global design, Cadillac

Piera Gelardi: executive creative director,

Refinery29 for helping us research countless projects, businesses, organizations, and pitches.

And now, for one final time, we’d like to honor our CH25, thank them and wish them all the best for their upcoming adventures and endeavors. We’ll, no doubt, see a lot more from them in the future.


Alex Kalman, Mmuseumm

Dan Barasch + James Ramsey, The Lowline

LaToya Ruby Frazier, Photographer

Leopoldine Huyghues Despointes, [Dis]abled Inside Out

Kathleen Supové, Pianist


Jonathan Sparks, Artist

Joshua Harker, Artist

Lulu Mickelson, Women Entrepreneurs NYC

Marcus Weller, Skully

Food + Drink

Corinne Joachim Sanon, Askanya

Eelke Plasmeijer + Ray Adriansyah, Restaurant Locavore

Justin Guilbert + Douglas Riboud, Harmless Harvest

Melissa Kushner, Goods for Good

Tarren Wolfe, Urban Cultivator


Kegan Schouwenburg, SOLS

Vanessa Newman, Butchbaby & Co.

Pauline van Dongen, Fashion Designer

Roxie Darling, Hairstory

Sabine Seymour, SoftSpot


Cynthia Breazeal, Jibo

George Arriola, Monohm

Matt Kenyon, Artist

Meredith Perry, UBeam

Sarah Kunst, Partner at Future Perfect Ventures

Tal Danino, Bioengineer

Images by Cool Hunting


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