Organizers

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Beth Coleman

Director of the City as Platform Lab; Associate Professor OF Experimental Digital Media at the University of Waterloo

Dr. Beth Coleman is Associate Professor of Experimental Digital Media at the University of Waterloo where she directs the City as Platform Lab. Her work focuses on smart technology, big data, and civic engagement. Her practice engages research methods and design inquiry towards the creation of public, civic, and aesthetic works. She had published the monograph Hello Avatar: Rise of the Networked Subject (MIT Press). Prior to joining the University of Waterloo she taught at the MIT Media lab in the Comparative Media Studies program. Her research affiliations include the UWaterloo Games Institute, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, Harvard University, and expert consultant for the European Commission Digital Futures. She is the co-founder of SoundLab Cultural Alchemy, an internationally acclaimed multimedia art and sound platform, with an international exhibition history that includes the Whitney Museum of American Art; Récollets, Paris; Waag Society, Amsterdam; among others. Her work has been supported by grants from the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Microsoft Research, the Knight Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. She is currently a visiting professor at Data & Society Research Institute, New York.

 

Eric Gordon

Founder of the Engagement Lab; Professor at Emerson College

Eric Gordon is the Founding Director of the Engagement Lab and a Professor in the Department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College. His research focuses on digital civic engagement, public participation, and game-based learning. He is particularly interested in the transformation of civic institutions, including government and journalism, in the wake of technological disruption, and the emerging tensions between technological efficiency in "smart city" solutions and democratic governance. Eric works with cities and organizations around the world to design creative media approaches to public participation, using games, augmented reality, and virtual reality. He has served as an expert advisor for the UN Development Program, the International Red Cross / Red Crescent, and the World Bank.

 

John Harlow

Postdoctoral Scholar, MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Opening Governance

John Harlow is a postdoctoral scholar in the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Opening Governance at Arizona State University's Center for Policy Informatics. His recent work includes the design of the prioritization workshop that produced the first draft of Phoenix's 2050 transportation plan. He was previously a researcher for Reinvent Phoenix, organizing public outreach to inform rezoning around Phoenix's light rail. His other work includes co-development and instruction of the Sustainability Science for Teachers hybrid course in the ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, and serving as Conference Director for the 2012 International Conference on Sustainability Science.

 
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Christopher Bavitz

Director of Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society; Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School

Christopher Bavitz is Managing Director of Harvard Law School’s Cyberlaw Clinic, based at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society, and a Clinical Professor of Law at HLS. Chris concentrates his practice on intellectual property and media law, particularly in the areas of music, entertainment, and technology. He oversees many of the Clinic’s projects relating to copyright, speech, and advising of startups, and he serves as the HLS Dean’s Designate to Harvard’s Innovation Lab. Prior to joining the Clinic, Chris served as Senior Director of Legal Affairs for EMI Music North America. From 1998-2002, Chris was a litigation associate at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal and RubinBaum LLP / Rubin Baum Levin Constant & Friedman, where he focused on copyright and trademark matters.

 
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Melissa Teng

MA Candidate in Civic Media at Emerson College

Melissa Teng is a Masters candidate in Civic Media at Emerson College. She is an interactive designer, developer, and artist. Her work is primarily concerned with data ownership, civic imagination/memory, and creative placemaking. Previously she led the design of award-winning open data web platforms for governments in South and North America at a startup, Datawheel. Locally, she served as a gallery curator at EMW Bookstore, exhibiting artists from marginalized communities. She received her BA in Economics from Rice University.

 
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Lindsay Meaning

PhD Candidate in English at University of Waterloo

Lindsay Meaning is a first-year PhD student in the English department of the University of Waterloo. She previously studied English Literature at Wilfrid Laurier University, and completed a Master’s in Experimental Digital Media at UWaterloo. Her research lies in the field of Game Studies, focusing on representations of imperial ideologies and colonial practices in strategy and roleplaying video games. Further interests include digital life writing, fan communities, and Victorian women’s writing.

 
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Neha Ravella

City as Platform Lab Undergraduate Researcher

Neha Ravella is the undergraduate research assistant at the City as Platform Lab where she is developing mixed reality apps. She is the Director of Experience at CUTC, Canada's largest undergraduate tech conference; community organizer; photographer. She is a third year English undergraduate at the University of Waterloo. Previously, she has organized WearHacks (a hackathon focused on IoT and hardware education) in more than three cities.