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Yoko Sen
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Yoko K. Sen is a sound artist and the founder of Sen Sound, with a mission to transform the sound environment in hospitals. As a classically trained, ambient musician, sensitive to sound, she was disturbed by noise she had experienced in hospitals as a patient. Yoko is a former citizen artist fellow at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, a former artist-in-residence at Johns Hopkins Sibley Innovation Hub and Stanford Medicine X. She has presented nationally and internationally, including at TEDMED and Aspen Ideas Festival, and her “My Last Sound,” was selected as a Top Idea by Open IDEO’s End of Life challenge. As a self-proclaimed “sound alchemist,” Yoko aspires to create music, which is, to quote Beethoven, “the mediator between the spiritual and sensual life.”

Sen Sound collaborates with medical device companies to improve the products' sound experience, and has recently designed sound for Medtronic's home care monitoring device, which was named a finalist for IDSA IDEA Awards. Sen Sound's work has been featured in BBC, New York Times, and STAT.