Sugata Mitra is the Teacher's Institute 2013-2014 featured Visiting Scholar. Mitra is a winner of the 2013 TED Prize. He is Professor of Educational Technology at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences at Newcastle University in England. His “Hole in the Wall” experiments were the basis for the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire directed by Danny Boyle, which won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Picture of the Year. Mitra's international experiments have shown, in the absence of supervision or formal teaching, children can teach themselves and each other, if they’re motivated by curiosity and peer interest.
Peter Williams is the founder and executive director of an organization whose goal is to improve global health, using design to create healthier environments as preventative measures for tuberculosis, AIDS and malaria. Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments (ARCHIVE) has projects in countries all over the world, including Haiti, Cameroon, and Ethiopia. ARCHIVE identifies and addresses the causes of poor health in disadvantages communities and uses strategies related to housing design improvements to create environments that promote better health.