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Demonstrations of Innovative Tech for Civic Good

Emerging Topics
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The iGorilla iPhone app promotes awareness of the endangered primates. Ushahidi, a open-source disaster response platform, was used after the earthquake Haiti and has been deployed by citizens in the Gulf Coast to track the oil spill. CrowdFlower enables organizations to crowdsource information during a disaster makes a difference. New Options @ Work is an innovative employment matching program for youth.

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Ian Cross


Ian Cross is the founder and CEO of I-SITE, an award-winning interactive design and marketing firm based in Philadelphia. He has led the company from a start-up to a nationally recognized firm with a broad range of clients that include National Dairy Council, Anacostia Watershed Society, Virunga National Park and Deloitte,

With a background in ergonomics, marketing and entrepreneurship, Ian is highly active in the Philadelphia region’s economic development community. He co-founded PANMA, the Philadelphia New Media Association, and has served on the boards of a number of regional organizations focused on the creative economy. He currently chairs the Creative Economy Committee of Philadelphia Mayor Nutter’s Cultural Advisory Council.

Born and raised in England, Ian holds a degree in Ergonomics from Loughborough University. He serves on the boards of the Greater Philadelphia British American Business Council as Vice President of Communications, The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians and the Multicultural Youth exchange, an arts-education nonprofit he co-founded in 2002 with his wife Josette Bonafino.

A lover of travel, real ale and Swindon Town F.C., Ian resides in Old City, Philadelphia.

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Paolo Gaudiano

Aleria PBC

Paolo Gaudiano is Founder & CEO of Aleria and Executive Director of Quantitative Studies of Diversity and Inclusion (QSDI) at the City College of New York. Aleria and QSDI combine Paolo’s three decades of expertise in business, technology and academia to revolutionize how corporations think about diversity and what they do about it – and ultimately to make our society more inclusive. Paolo is a Forbes contributor on Diversity & Inclusion, and has written for and been interviewed by a number of other media outlets, including HBR, Quartz, the Dow Jones’s SectorWatch and the CBC. He holds degrees in Applied Mathematics, Aerospace Engineering and Computational Neuroscience. He was a tenured faculty member at Boston University and has also taught at Tufts University and CCNY.

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Patrick Meier


Patrick Meier is the Director of Crisis Mapping at Ushahidi and the co-founder of the International Network of Crisis Mappers. He previously co-founded and co-directed Harvard University’s (HHI) Program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning. He has consulted for many international organizations including the UN, OSCE and OECD on numerous crisis mapping and conflict early warning projects in Africa, Asia and Europe. Patrick is a recognized expert and thought leader on the intersection between new technologies, early warning, civil resistance, human rights and humanitarian response. He has written extensively on these topics and has presented his work at numerous high-profile conferences worldwide. Patrick is also completing his PhD at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and is currently a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Program on Liberation Technologies. He has an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University and is an alum of the Sante Fe Institute’s (SFI) Complex Systems Program. Patrick blogs at

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Lukas Biewald

Weights & Biases

Lukas Biewald is the founder and chief data scientist of Weights & Biases, a data enrichment platform that taps into an on-demand workforce to help companies collect training data and do human-in-the-loop machine learning. Previously, he led the Search Relevance team for Yahoo Japan and worked as a senior data scientist at Powerset. Lukas was recognized by Inc. magazine as a 30 under 30. Lukas holds a BS in mathematics and an MS in computer science from Stanford University. He is also an expert Go player.

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  • Google
  • Oracle
  • EffectiveUI
  • EveryBlock
  • Intuit QuickBase
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  • MarkLogic
  • NetApp
  • NIC
  • OpenText
  • Sapient
  • Spigit
  • Synteractive/Smartronix
  • Microsoft
  • Government Executive Media Group
  • Nextgov

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