DR. jeff wilson aka professor dumpster

Jeff Wilson is an academic, performance artist and entrepreneur based in New York City. He founded the award-winning micro housing company Kasita, which was named one of Inc’s 25 most disruptive companies in the World (alongside SoFi and Hyperloop). Kasita is poised at the center of a rising zeitgeist of trends in modern living -  350 sq. ft., incredibly smart, affordable and beautifully designed. Formerly, Dr. Wilson was a Professor and Dean also known as ‘Professor Dumpster’. He lived in a 33 sq. ft. modified trash dumpster for a year as part of a minimalist living and housing experiment.  Wilson’s work on startups, sustainability, minimalism, and social experimentation has been featured in ForbesThe Atlantic, NY Times, and The Washington Post. Beyond startups and dumpster diving, Professor Dumpster enjoys traveling - in another experiment he took a girl he met online for a whirlwind date across seven countries in 21 days - with only the clothes on his and her backs (a book and soon to be a Hollywood movie). Wilson regularly speaks at conferences and private events on the future of real estate, innovation, community, sustainability and minimalism. 





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Dr. Wilson has given over one hundred keynotes and talks around the themes of innovation and creativity in organizations. Suitable to a small offsite group or a 5,000-person all hands meeting, Professor Dumpster's talks are unconventional, engaging and tailored to your needs. To book, reach out via on bookings@jeffwilson.co. 

Speaking Topics

  • The future of housing, real estate and living

  • Designing nomadic and co-living communities

  • The smart / AI home

  • Minimalism

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Upcoming Talks

  • SXSW Interactive [Panelist]: Designing homes for a sustainable urban future. (Austin).

Select Recent Speaking Engagements

  • Construsummit 2018 [Keynote Speaker]. The iPhone of housing and a new platform for living. (São Paulo, Brazil).

  • Columbia Business School - Real Estate Capital Market Conference [Main Stage Speaker]: Innovation and Disruption: Investing in the Future of the Real Estate Industry. Real Estate Capital Market Conference. (New York).

  • TEDx [Talk]: Go Small or Go Home. Audience of 2,000. (Austin).

  • SXSW Interactive [Speaker]: The Future of AI is in your living room. Audience of 400. *1 of 3 talks given an encore due to 200% audience overflow. (Austin).

  • Front End of Innovation [Keynote]: Straight Outta Compost: How Living in a Dumpster for a Year Inspired the Home of the Future. 600 executives. (Boston).

  • The Atlantic [Panelist]: Breaking Ground: An Atlantic Forum on Innovative Communities. 200+ innovators in housing space. (Dallas).

  • Tech Open Air [Speaker]: A founder's ultimate dive: startup lessons learned from living in a dumpster for a year. 1000+ in global tech space. (Berlin).

  • Urban Land Institute (ULI) [Panelist]: Housing Solutions for Wealth Creation. (Detroit).

  • California Association of Realtors Real Estate Summit [Panelist]: Mapping the future of California: Where and how will Californians live? (Beverly Hills).

  • VCs on Skis [Main Stage Speaker]. Elite group of founders and Venture Capitalists. 120 VCs, attorneys and founders. (Vermont).

  • Mercedes Benz [Competition Judge]: Mercedes Benz competition on startup innovation. Audience of 300 startup executives. (Frankfurt).

  • Cornell University. Real Estate Technology and Innovation. (New York).

  • D10e Conference on Decentralization, Exploring the Future of ICOs, Blockchain and Future of Work and Disruptive Culture [Speaker]: Housing-As-A-Service for the Crypto Nomad Community. (Lithuania).

  • University of Chicago Booth MBA Program [Lecture]: Kasita: Innovating the future of housing. (Chicago).

  • Creative Mornings [Speaker]: More Minimal = More Freedom = More Moments. (Austin).

  • Manufactured Housing Institute [Keynote]: Is Manufactured Housing the Future? Notes from inside the box. Audience of 700 industry executives and sales professionals. (Chicago).

  • Sage Investments Sustainable Investing Roundup [Speaker]: From Dumpster Diver to Startup CEO. Elite group of 45 high-net worth investment portfolio managers. (Austin).

  • International Downtown Association Annual Meeting [Speaker]: Musings on Sustainability from Inside the Box. Audience of 1000+ industry professionals. (Atlanta).