Arlene Ducao was born slowly in Towson, Maryland, USA, Earth, to a family who emigrated from a tropical archipelago. She makes technologies that examine the relationship between the natural landscape, our built environments, and ourselves. She is a chief at DuKode/DuKorp, a Sensemaking Fellow at MIT E-Lab, and inventor of MindRider, the mind-mapping helmet system. She teaches at NYU, the Lower Eastside Girls Club, and MIT, and holds degrees from MIT, SVA, and UMD. When not DuKoding, she can be found drinking infused beverages and trying to grow calendula.