CHIEF INNOVATION OFFICER AT CITY OF BARCELONA
Francesca Bria is a Senior Researcher and Advisor on information and technology policy. She is a member of the Internet of Things Council and an advisor to the European Commission on Future Internet and Smart Cities policy. She is also active in various innovation movements advocating for open access, open technologies and digital rights.
Co-founder and CEO of Purpose
Jeremy Heimans is a prolific political and social activist. He is CEO & co-founder of Purpose, a social business building global movements trying to change the world, and is also a co-founder of Avaaz.org, one of the largest and most powerful online activist networks in the world. He believes in the power of collective action to tackle the world’s biggest problems.
DIRECTOR OF PARTICIPATORY CITY
Tessy Britton researches and prototypes new ways to support widespread practical participation to make our cities inspiring, exciting and happy places to live in. She supervises Participatory City, an initiative to build a participatory neighborhood in a London borough (+200,000 residents). She is also the co-founder of the Community lover’s guide to the universe.
FOUNDER AND CTO AFFINITY.WORKS
Evan is a research affiliate at the center for civic media a the MIT Media Lab. He was the first employee and tech lead at Odeo where he helped create Twitter. He then helped start the civic tech ngo Data.uy and the open data conference AbreLATAM. He’s currently starting affinity.works, a platform of open-source tools to solve current grassroots organizing problems. His passion is in the space of new emerging start-ups and making the world a better place through civic technology projects.
CO-FOUNDER of Fab City Research Laboratory
Tomas Diez, one of the founders of Fab Lab Barcelona, is an urbanist specialised in digital fabrication and the future of cities and society. He leads the FAB City Global Initiative and helps to run the Fab Academy program. He is also the European project manager for the Fab Foundation and co-founder of the Smart Citizen, FabLabs.io and StudioP52. Tomas has been appointed as one of the top 10 digital social innovators to watch in 2013 by The Guardian and Nesta.
CO-FOUNDER OF OPEN COLLECTIVE
Pia Mancini is committed to open-sourcing democracies in the digital age. She wants to enable every citizen to participate in day-to-day politics and has co-founded OpenCollective with the mission to organize the Internet generation, now helping fund open source projects. She also co-founded the Democracy Earth foundation and the Net Party, an Argentinian political party.
CITY COUNCILOR OF MONTREAL
Guillaume Lavoie is also the Official Opposition’s spokesperson for finance, government relations and international relations. He is particularly interested in accountability measures, transparency, mobility, the sharing economy and the role of urban art.
Founder and director of Chintan Environmental Research and Action Group
Bharati Chaturvedi is concerned with urban poverty and environmental justice. She advocates for cities that are at the same time green, sustainable and inclusive for those who work in the informal sector. She has worked closely with a variety of Indian policymakers.
Executive Director of OAuth.io and APIdays Conferences
Mehdi Medjaoui makes API integration platforms to help developers discover and use external APIs in their applications. He also tries to define global web services trust metrics with an API rating agency for developers. Mehdi is also the organizer of the Paris API meetup and APIdays.io conferences (Paris, Madrid and San Francisco). Besides APIs, he loves dealer’s choice poker, playing cards and Mixed Martials Arts.
Strategic Partnerships Director of Shareable
Tom Llewellyn is a lifelong sharer, commoner, and storyteller. He manages organizational, editorial, and events partnerships for Shareable and has coordinated the global Sharing Cities Network, and other community sharing campaigns, in addition to speaking internationally about real, equitable sharing.