Liz Barry


Liz Barry is Director of Community Development at Public Lab and co-founder of TreeKIT, where she develops geographic tools and civic science methods for collaborative cities. Her background is in urban landscape design, and she teaches at Columbia University and Parsons the New School for Design. Previously, she worked at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill planning international new cities and campuses, at Durham Inner-city Gardeners (DIG) coordinating youth urban horticulture enterprise, and has travelled around the country catalyzing interaction among strangers with a “Talk To Me” sign – a project that received international press including the New York Times, AP, CNN, Oprah and NPR’s This American Life.


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.


Francesca Bria

Chief Technology and Digital Innovation Officer for Barcelona City Council

Francesca Bria is the Digital Innovation Commissioner for the city of Barcelona, leading its Office for Technology and Digital Innovation. She defined and initiated the Barcelona Digital City Plan, which rethinks the smart city to better respond to citizens’ needs while addressing pressing urban challenges such as affordable housing and sustainability. Her recent work includes leading the digitization process of City Hall; outlining directives for transparent procurement and digital infrastructures; and opening city data to local companies through a blockchain-based platform. She is a Nesta Senior Adviser and Senior Project Lead in the Nesta Innovation Lab, where she serves as the EU Coordinator of the D-CENT project, the largest European project on direct democracy and digital currencies, and as Principal Investigator of the DSI project on digital Social Innovation in Europe. Francesca received her PhD from Imperial College and MSc in E-business and Innovation from the University College of London, Birkbeck.


Marie Buckingham

Associate Director of Product and Engineering at Sidewalk Labs

Marie Buckingham is Associate Director of Product and Engineering at Sidewalk Labs. Passionate about energy and the climate, she has worked on renewable energy policy with the Masdar Institute for the United Arab Emirates, as a Senior Fellow with the Institute on Science for Global Policy, and as a researcher for Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy. Marie received her MPA in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia University and Bachelors in Environmental Management and Economics at Indiana University.


Jennifer Clark

Director of the Center for Urban Innovation; Associate Professor of Public Policy at Georgia Tech

Jennifer Clark is Associate Professor in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology; Director of the Center for Urban Innovation; and Associate Director for Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation. She is a Fellow of the American Association of Geographers (AAG) and an editor of the journal, Regional Studies. Jennifer specializes in the theory and analysis of the spatial organization of economic activity and regional economic development policy. She earned her PhD from Cornell University, Master’s from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and B.A. from Wesleyan University.


Beth Coleman


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.


Patrick Connolly (patcon)

Organizer at civic tech toronto

patcon is an organizer of Civic Tech Toronto, a community of 3000+ members -- public servants, designers, technologists, local organizers, and engaged citizens of all sorts. He is exploring highly participatory engagement models through weekly "civic hacknights for everyone". He works with other civic tech and social justice communities on translocal urban open source collaboration. Other affiliations include the Technoscience Research Unit at University of Toronto, and the Environmental Data & Governance Initiative.


Lilian Coral

Director of National Strategy at Knight Foundation

Lilian Coral is the Director of National Strategy at the Knight Foundation, where she manages the national portfolio and focuses on the development of the foundation’s Smart Cities strategy. She came to Knight from the City of Los Angeles, where she served as Chief Data Officer. In this role, she led the mayor's directive on Open Data beyond the lens of transparency and towards his vision of a data-driven Los Angeles through the management of the City’s Open Data program, the expansion of the use of data science and analytics, and the development of user-centered digital services. Prior Lilian spent 15 years working on a wide range of health and human services issues as an advocate and executive leader, working with labor unions, NGOs, foundations, and human service agencies at all levels of government to transform the way government uses data and technology to serve its citizens.


Kade Crockford

Director of the Technology for Liberty Program at the ACLU of Massachusetts

Kade Crockford is the Director of the Technology for Liberty Program at the ACLU of Massachusetts and MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow. They work to protect and expand core First and Fourth Amendment rights and civil liberties in the digital 21st century, focusing on how systems of surveillance and control impact not just the society in general but their primary targets—people of color, Muslims, immigrants, and dissidents. Kade researches, strategizes, writes, lobbies, and educates the public on issues ranging from the wars on drugs and terror to warrantless electronic surveillance. Kade has written for The Nation, The Guardian, The Boston Globe, WBUR, and many other publications, and regularly appears in local, regional, and national media as an expert on issues related to technology, policing, and surveillance.


Catherine D'Ignazio

Assistant Professor in Data Visualization and Civic Media at Emerson College

Catherine D'Ignazio is an Assistant Professor of Civic Media and Data Visualization Storytelling in the Journalism Department at Emerson College. She is a Principal Investigator at the Emerson Engagement Lab, a Research Affiliate at the MIT Center for Civic Media and the MIT Media Lab, and an organizer with the Public Laboratory for Technology and Science. Her research focuses on data literacy and visualization for civic engagement and community empowerment. Catherine is currently writing about Feminist Data Visualization; working with the Public Lab to explore the possibilities for journalistic storytelling with DIY environmental sensors; and planning the second “Make the Breastpump Not Suck” Hackathon at the MIT Media Lab. Prior, she co-developed suite of tools for data literacy; developed software to geolocate news articles; and designed an application to promote global news discovery.


Carl DiSalvo

Director of the Public Design Workshop; Associate Professor in Digital Media at Georgia Tech

Carl DiSalvo is an Associate Professor in the Digital Media Program in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. They are the Director of the Public Design Workshop: a design research studio that explores socially-engaged design and civic media and Co-Director of the Digital Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts Center and its Digital Civics initiative. Their current research domains include civics, smart cities, IoT, food systems, and environmental monitoring. They are interested in practices of participatory and public design work to articulate issues and provide resources for new forms of collective action. They are leading a series of design workshops with community residents, researchers, city officials, and urban planners to allow residents to consider services they hope will result from data collection and to voice any concerns about privacy and security.


Diane Douglas

Executive Director of Seattle City Club; Creator of Civic Health Index

Diane Douglas is the Executive Director of Seattle CityClub, an organization that provides an inclusive place for members of the community to learn about public policy and engage with leaders and local government. She leads strategic planning, fund development, and supervises the management of operations and programs, including Civic Boot Camp and the Washington State Debate Coalition. In collaboration with the National Conference on Citizenship (NCoC), Diane helped to produce the 2017 Greater Seattle Civic Health Index, a report that surveys the levels of volunteerism, voting, philanthropy, neighbor-to-neighbor connectivity, political expression, and religious affiliation amongst residents in 51 American cities. Diane is a writer and serves on the boards of regional organizations supporting civic engagement and poverty alleviation.

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Adam Forman

Chief Policy and Data Officer at the Office of the New York City Comptroller

Adam Forman manages the technology, procurement, economic development, and transportation portfolios for the Office of the New York City Comptroller and works closely with non-profit and private sector stakeholders in these fields. Prior, Adam was a Senior Researcher at the Center for an Urban Future, where he wrote on topics ranging from urban infrastructure to IT modernization and data integration to the arts economy. His editorials have appeared in local and national media outlets including TIME, The Guardian, New York Daily News, and Next City. In 2015, he was recognized by City & State as a “40 Under 40 Rising Star” in New York City politics. Adam holds a B.A. from Colgate University in economics and an M.A. in political science from the University of Washington.


Cicely Garrett

Deputy Chief Resilience Officer for City of Atlanta

Cicely Garrett is the Deputy Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Atlanta, Mayor’s Office of Resilience, part of 100 Resilient Cities pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation. Cicely served in the capacity of community builder, facilitator, and program manager for 8.5 years at one of Atlanta’s largest local nonprofits, the Atlanta Community Food Bank. She spearheaded the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program and managed the GA Food Oasis-Atlanta initiative to improve fresh food access in Atlanta's inner-city neighborhoods. A lifelong volunteer and servant leader, she is involved with the local community as LEAD Atlanta Class of 2013, Atlanta BeltLine Partnership's AB67 Board, and Kipp Ways Academy Board. Cicely holds a Masters of Public Policy with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from the George Washington University and B.S.B.A. from Georgetown University.


Kate Garman

Smart City Coordinator for City of Seattle

Kate Garman is the Smart City Coordinator of the City of Seattle. Previously Kate served as the Innovation Policy Advisor for the City of Kansas City, Missouri, and the legal and policy analyst of the Office of Innovation, which included drafting ordinances and policy recommendations to foster a culture of innovation in Kansas City. She managed the Innovation Partnership Program, a civic entrepreneurship program that helps to pilot technology solutions at City Hall. Kate holds a JD from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law and BS in Journalism from the University of Kansas.


Catherine Geanuracos

CEO/Co-Founder of CityGrows; Founder of Hack for LA, and Compiler.LA

Catherine Geanuracos is a serial entrepreneur who leverages technology and media to create movements that respond to pressing social, environmental and political issues. She is Co-Founder and CEO of CityGrows, a workflow and transparency platform for local governments. Previously, she founded Hack for LA (LA’s Code for America chapter), Compiler.LA., and New Economy Campaigns, a full-service digital agency that incubated civic marketing initiatives including Hack for LA, Spin the Vote, Power Rangers emPOWER, Paul Frank Arts, Splunk4Good, and Swim Silver Lake. She received a Masters in social welfare from UC Berkeley and B.A. at Columbia College in New York City.


Nell Geiser

senior research associate & coordinator of strategic campaigns for the Communications Workers of America

Nell Geiser is a senior research associate and coordinator of strategic campaigns for the Communications Workers of America, a labor union representing 700,000 workers in the United States. CWA represents workers at major telecom companies who build and maintain networks and support customers. The union is an active stakeholder in broadband policy and a progressive voice on issues affecting working families. Nell previously worked  for unions including UNITE HERE and UFCW and is trained as a corporate financial analyst.


Stephen Gray

Assistant Professor of Urban Design at Harvard GSD; co-Chairman of Boston's 100 Resilient Cities Resilience Collaborative 

Stephen Gray is Assistant Professor of Urban Design at Harvard Graduate School of Design. His interests center on the intersection of design and engagement as tools for empowerment as well as drivers for the production of progressive urbanism, and his research focuses on (1) humanist approaches to urban design at the intersection of politics, power, race, and place; (2) socioecological urban design approaches to urban resilience; (3) urban peacescapes that integrate peacebuilding, development, and urban design; and (4) implementation strategies for urban design projects across social, political, spatial, temporal, and geographic scales. Current projects includes the Harvard Mellon Urban Initiative where his team is revisiting well-known places in Boston through graphic collage and digital animation of archival sources to highlight the collision of racially biased policies and civil disobedience; and the design and implementation of child-focused public space facilities to improve the quality of life for Syrian refugee families in Lebanon.


Gabriella Gómez-Mont

Director and Founder of Laboratorio Para La Ciudad

Gabriella Gómez-Mont is the founder of Laboratorio para la Ciudad, the experimental arm / creative think tank of the Mexico City government, reporting to the Mayor. The Lab is a place to explore social scripts and urban futures, as well as to create links between civil society and government, insisting on the importance of political and public imagination in the execution of its experiments. Gabriella is a journalist, visual artist, a director of documentary films, as well as a creative advisor to several cities, universities, and companies. In addition to being a Yale World Fellow, she is also a TED speaker, TED Senior Fellow, an MIT Director's Fellow, an Institute for the Future Fellow, a World Cities Summit Young Leader, and part of the international advisory committee for the Mayor of Seoul on Social Innovation.


Eric Gordon


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.


Sun-ha Hong

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT Comparative Media Studies / Writing

Sun-ha Hong is the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at MIT, affiliated with the Comparative Media Studies / Writing department. He analyses how new media and its data become invested with ideals of precision, objectivity and truth – especially through aesthetic, speculative, and otherwise apparently non-rational means. He works to produce critical, historically informed diagnoses of the contemporary faith in "raw" data, sensing machines, and algorithmic decision-making, and of their public promotion as the next great leap towards objective knowledge. At MIT, he is working on completing the book, "Data Epistemologies / Surveillance and Uncertainty" and starting a second, "A Speculative Literature for a Data-Driven Society." He received his Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania.


John Harlow


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.


Bill Howe

UW Lead in MetroLab Network; Associate Professor in Data Science at University of Washington

Bill Howe is Associate Director and Senior Data Science Fellow at the University of Washington eScience Institute; co-founded Urban@UW; and leads UW’s participation in the MetroLab Network with support from the MacArthur Foundation and Microsoft. He is an Associate Professor in the Information School, Adjunct Associate Professor in Computer Science & Engineering, and created a first MOOC on Data Science through Coursera. His research aims to make the techniques and technologies of data science dramatically more accessible, particularly at scale. His methods are rooted in database models and languages. He leads is an applied, systems-oriented research group, frequently sourcing projects through collaborations in the physical, life, and social sciences.


Bhaskar Krishnamachari

Professor in Electrical Engineering at University of Southern California

Bhaskar Krishnamachari is Professor and Ming Hsieh Faculty Fellow in Electrical Engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California. He is the Director of the Center for Cyber-Physical Systems and the Internet of Things; the Autonomous Networks Research Group; the Co-Director of the Ming Hsieh Institute for Electrical Engineering and the USC Center for Human Applied Reasoning and the Internet of Things. His research is focused on the design and analysis of algorithms, protocols, and applications for next generation wireless networks. In 2017, he co-founded the Intelligent Internet of Things Integrator (I3) consortium that will design, develop, test, and deploy community-based IoT systems, with stakeholders including the City of L.A., area residents, and industry.


Lauren Kurgan


Laura Kurgan is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, where she directs the Visual Studies curriculum, and the Center for Spatial Research. She is the author of Close Up at a Distance: Mapping, Technology, and Politics (Zone Books, 2013). Her work explores things ranging from digital mapping technologies to the ethics and politics of mapping, and the art, science and visualization of data. Her work has appeared at the Cartier Foundation in Paris, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Whitney Altria, MACBa Barcelona, the ZKM in Karlsruhe, and the Museum of Modern Art. She was the winner of the United States Artists Rockefeller Fellowship in 2009.


Sari Ladin-Sienne

Chief Data Officer for City of LA

Sari Ladin-Sienne executes Mayor Garcetti’s vision for a more responsive, and data-driven Los Angeles. As Chief Data Officer, Ms. Ladin-Sienne improves access to meaningful information for residents and city employees. She leverages her policy knowledge and technical skillset to form new partnerships that tap into the value of data as a critical asset in smarter decision-making. Ms. Ladin-Sienne believes knowledge sharing is at the core of the smart cities movement. She previously worked as a Harvard Ash Fellow for the Mayor’s Data Team where she led the team’s digital strategy and elevated the city’s best practices to the national conversation through her articles for Harvard’s Data Smart Cities and Government Technology. Ms. Ladin-Sienne has provided data analysis, budgeting, and policy recommendations to a range of public and nonprofit clients including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Ms. Ladin-Sienne holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley.


Layman Lee


Layman Lee is the Placemaking Manager at Brownsville Partnership working to improve the built environment and neighborhood health through the lens of art and design with residents and creative experts. Previously she was the Creative Director at ORE Design working on projects such as transformations of vacant lots in Brooklyn into small business incubators and community space with shipping containers, an emergency jacket to aid the homeless and a modular lighting system using clear PVC. She gained hands on experience with large art installations at Fung Collaboratives where she helped construct the massive snow and ice sculptures designed by artist and artists teams including Tatsuo Miyajima and Tadao Ando, and Anish Kapoor and Future Systems. She has traveled to New Mexico to help realize the SITE Sante Fe Biennial: Lucky Number Seven, and most recently to Atlantic City as Project Director for ARTLANTIC, a project aimed at transforming the vacant lots through public art with the landscape design firm Balmori Associates and artists.


Ceasar McDowell

Director of MIT Co-Lab; Professor of Civic Design at MIT

Ceasar McDowell is Professor of the Practice of Civic Design at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning. As founder of MIT’s Co-Lab, Ceasar works to develop the critical moments reflection method to help communities build knowledge from their practice. Through his work at the global civic engagement organization, Engage The Power, he developed The Question Campaign as a method for building democratic communities from the ground up. He brings his deep commitment to the work of building beloved, just, and equitable communities that are able to–as his friend Carl Moore says–”struggle with the traditions that bind them and the interests that separate them so they can build a future that is an improvement on the past.” He is currently working to develop CivicDesigners, a platform for developing a new infrastructure for democracy in the US.


Mitch McEwen

Partner at A(n) Office, Principal of McEwen Studio

V. Mitch McEwen is Principal of McEwen Studio and a Founding Partner at A(n) Office, an architecture collaborative of studios in Detroit, Los Angeles, and Brooklyn. She is an Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture at Princeton University, after teaching previously at University of Michigan and Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). A(n) Office and McEwen Studio projects have been commissioned by the US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and Istanbul Design Biennial. McEwen Studio projects in Detroit have produced a series of operations on houses previously owned by the Detroit Land Bank Authority, including a combined residence and flower incubator for an engineer at 3M, as well as a strategy for 100 houses selected by the City of Detroit to densify the neighborhood of Fitzgerald. Mitch received her MArch at Columbia and BA at Harvard.


Thad Miller

Senior Sustainability Scientist; Assistant Professor in School for the Future of Innovation in Society at Arizona State University

Thaddeus Miller is an Assistant Professor at the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and The Polytechnic School at Arizona State University. His research explores how sustainability is interpreted, contested, materialized and settled in science and technology policy and infrastructure design. He is on the Executive Management Team for the National Science Foundation-funded Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network, and co-Principal Investigator of the NSF-funded STIR Cities project. His recent book, “Reconstructing Sustainability Science: Knowledge and Action for a Sustainable Future” examines how scientists can navigate epistemic and normative tensions to link knowledge to social action.


Gabe Mugar

Founder of the Transformative Culture Project; Research Associate at Emerson College

Gabriel Mugar is a Research Associate and Affiliate Faculty at the Engagement Lab at Emerson College. Drawing from Science and Technology Studies and Computer-Supported Cooperative Work research, his work focuses on participatory media and open online collaborative knowledge production projects like Wikipedia and citizen science projects at He is the Founder of the Transformative Culture Project (formerly Press Pass TV), a Boston-based non profit that provides with hands on experience and training in video journalism and media literacy. Previously, Gabriel was a field producer for Current TV and a television production instructor in the Boston Public Schools. Gabriel received his PhD from the School of Information Studies, Syracuse University.


Kathy Nyland

Director of Department of Neighborhoods for City of Seattle

Kathy Nyland is the Director of the City of Seattle’s Department of Neighborhoods, where she led the department’s first long-term strategic plan in the last decade with an emphasis on meaningful community engagement, policy development process, and upholding the principles of inclusiveness, transparency and valuing public participation. Prior she served as Senior Policy Advisory in the Mayor's office and as Chief of Staff to a Seattle City Councilmember. Before joining government, Kathy founded a neighborhood business association, chaired Seattle's City Neighborhood Council organization, mobilized her community, and prevailed on a number of David versus Goliath issues, including the creation of Seattle's Zero Waste Policy.


Dan O'Brien

Co-Director of Boston Area Research Initiative; Assistant Professor in Urban Policy at Northeastern University

Dan O’Brien is Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University, and Co-Director of the Boston Area Research Initiative (BARI). His work focuses on the ways that researchers, policymakers, and practitioners can work together to leverage modern digital data (i.e., “Big Data”) to better understand and serve cities. His own work focuses on the behavioral and social dynamics of urban neighborhoods, particularly those that directly impact a place’s future upward (or downward) trajectory.


Constantin Petcou

director of atelier d’architecture autogérée

Constantin Petcou is director of atelier d’architecture autogérée (aaa), a professional organization, co-founded with Doina Petrescu in Paris, which conducts actions and research on participatory urbanism and architecture involving local residents in self-managing projects in their neighborhood, engaging in social and ecological practices, and initiating resilient networks (


Doina Petrescu

Professor of Architecture and Design Activism at the University of Sheffield

Doina Petrescu is Professor and Chair of Architecture and Design Activism at the University of Sheffield, as well as the Co-Founder of atelier d’architecture autogérée, an internationally acclaimed research-based practice focused on participation in architecture and urbanism. Doina is an activist, architect and educator dealing with commons-based resilience, feminist approaches and participative architecture in her research and practice. She has conducted research projects with partners in 18 countries, published 8 books, and over 38 articles in books and refereed journals. Previously she was a Visiting Professor of Urban Design at Harvard Graduate School of Design and taught at Architectural Association London. Doina received her PhD in Women's Studies at the University of Paris VIII and Dip. Arch. at UAIM Bucharest.


Suchana Seth

Civic Engagement Manager at Microsoft

Suchana is a physicist-turned-data scientist from India. She has built scalable data science solutions for startups and industry research labs, and holds patents in text mining and natural language processing. Suchana believes in the power of data to drive positive change, volunteers with DataKind, mentors data-for-good projects, and advises research on IoT ethics. She is also passionate about closing the gender gap in data science, and leads data science workshops with organizations like Women Who Code. At Data & Society, Suchana is studying ways to operationalize ethical machine learning and AI in the industry. Her interests include fairness, accountability and transparency in machine learning, monetizing AI ethically, security vulnerabilities specific to machine learning and AI systems, and the regulatory landscape for predictive algorithms.


Aimee Sprung

Civic Engagement Manager at Microsoft

Aimee Sprung is the Civic Engagement Program Manager on the Technology & Civic Engagement (TCE) Team at Microsoft’s New England Research & Development Center (NERD). The Technology & Civic Engagement team leverages Microsoft’s assets to help to civic leaders and the communities they serve to solve their biggest challenges. Aimee is responsible for STEM education outreach and local community engagement. In her 14 years at Microsoft, Aimee has also held roles focused on marketing to NERD Site Leadership, Academic (K-12) and US Federal Government audiences. Prior, Aimee was the Marketing Director at a software development company in D.C.


Ben Stokes

Co-Founder of Games for Change; Assistant Professor in Civic Media at American University

Benjamin Stokes is a civic media scholar and game designer. He is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communication, and at the AU Game Lab. Previously, he co-founded Games for Change, the movement hub for advancing social change with games. At the MacArthur Foundation prior to academia, Benjamin was a program officer in their portfolio on Digital Media and Learning. Benjamin has also worked at the UC Berkeley School of Information as a postdoctoral scholar in data science. Design experience in civil society includes leading teams at NetAid/Mercy Corps in global citizenship education.


Julia Stoyanovich

Assistant Professor in Ethical Data Management at Drexel University

Julia Stoyanovich is Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the College of Computing & Informatics, Drexel University and Affiliated Faculty at the Center for Information Technology Policy (CITP), Princeton University. Her research focuses on data and knowledge management. Her current research focuses on ethical data management and analysis, examining systemic biases in big data technologies, as well as data management and analysis for preference data and evolving graphs. Prior Julia worked in the start-up industry as a software developer, data architect, and database administrator. She received her PhD from Columbia University and BS from UMass Amherst.


Martijn de Waal

Senior researcher at the Lectorate of Play and Civic Media at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Martijn de Waal is a Senior Researcher at the Lectorate of Play and Civic Media at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. His work focuses on the relation between digital media and urban culture, with a specific interest in public space. Previously, he worked as an Assistant Professor in Media Studies at the University of Amsterdam. His books include “De Platformsamenleving (The Platform Society)” and “The City as Interface.” Martijn founded, an international think tank and research network on New Media and Urban Culture; the Hackable City, a research project on collaborative citymaking in the Network Society; and Design & The City, a four day event on citizen-centered design approaches for the smart city.


Steve Walter

Program Director of the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics for City of Boston

Stephen Walter is a Program Director at the City of Boston’s Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, where he helps lead efforts around experiments in civic engagement, storytelling, technology, and research collaborations. Previously he was the Founding Managing Director of the Engagement Lab at Emerson College. There he led the design and development of online engagement platforms like Community PlanIt, digital games like Civic Seed, analog games like UpRiver, and initiatives like the UN Gamechanger Fellowship and Games for Social Change Program. He has conducted community-driven action research projects in Detroit, Boston, Philadelphia, Moldova, Zambia, Egypt, and Bhutan. He has also worked at the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre, the United Nations Development Programme, the US Department of State, and the PBS television shows Frontline and Nova.