Design the Future
January 19–20, 2016: Training
January 20–22, 2016: Conference
San Francisco, CA
Xiaowei R. Wang

Xiaowei R. Wang
Designer, Mapbox


Xiaowei R. Wang is a designer at Mapbox. Her work and research is at the intersection of participatory geography, interactive art, and information ecologies. Her work has been featured in IEEE publications, the New York Times, and the Guardian and on the BBC and CNN. Recent projects include Lux meridiani, a video game focused on sci-fi ecological scenarios developed at the Headlands Center for the Arts, and the Nomadic Mapping Collective, created as part of the American Arts Incubator program, a US Department of State initiative implemented by ZERO1.

Xiaowei is one of the cocreators of FLOAT Beijing, a project combining art, technology, and environmental sensing that was an INDEX: Design to Improve Life finalist in 2013.


1:15pm Friday, 01/22/2016
Design for a greater good
Location: Generals Residence Dining
Xiaowei R. Wang (Mapbox)
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Data literacy is an increasingly important skill throughout the world. An emerging set of tools provides ways for marginalized groups in the developing world to generate data. Xiaowei Wang gives an overview of the Nomadic Mapping Collective in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia—a highly novel organizational model that encourages geographic data literacy and ownership in informal city settlements. Read more.