• Annikka Wolff (LUT University, Finland) is a researcher in the field of human-data interaction. She has led work in developing and piloting new methods for teaching data literacy skills in UK primary and secondary schools and in understanding how open data can be utilized in education and for innovation. She has authored a number of papers on engaging non-experts in design with complex smart city data. Other research interests include the use of gamification and narratives to motivate human learning and in mining data sources for revealing cultural narratives across a city. 

  • Victoria Palacin (LUT University, Finland & MIT Media Lab, USA) is a civic technologist, whose work focuses on co-creating technologies and physical data experiences with and for communities. She has designed a number of studies that seek to understand how technology design can give people agency in the development of their cities and improve the balance of powers. 

  • Antti Knutas (LUT University, Finland) is an assistant professor in the software engineering research group at the LUT University in Finland. His research interests involve the design of platforms that enable computer-supported cooperative work, more inclusive software engineering processes of digital services, and the design of community-driven socio-technical systems from a software engineering perspective. He is currently researching how grassroots-driven civic technology groups create software.

  • Cathrine Seidelin is a PhD student at the Computer Science Department at the IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Her research focuses on developing new methods that can help SMEs to make better use of (open) data as a design material in service innovation. She works closely with Industry to co-design such methods in collaboration with domain experts. Other research interests include the development and influence of data science in society (in particular the public sector) as well as understanding the shared and unique challenges of data science environments.

  • Peter Kun (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands) is a PhD candidate researching how to enable more people creating new things with data. His particular focus is on utilizing all the data already out there – such as urban or online data –, and how bottom-up sites of innovation – such as hackathons, makerspaces or fablabs – can facilitate gaining data skills and inspire new uses of data.

  • Ingrid Mulder (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands) is an expert in transformative and social design. As part of her previous readership in Rotterdam, she has initiated the first Fablab in Rotterdam as well as the Rotterdam Open Data movement. She also founded Creating010, a trans-disciplinary design-inclusive research centre enabling citizens, students, and creative industry making the future of Rotterdam. Since 2007 she chairs the research program Meaningful Design in the Connected City, which connects research and education in both Delft and Rotterdam. Her background is in Policy and Organization Sciences (MA, University of Tilburg) and Behavioral Sciences (PhD, University of Twente). In 2005, she headed the evaluation of the first Dutch living lab, “Kenniswijk”, currently known as Brainport Eindhoven. Ever since, she has been involved in the interplay between top-down policy and planning with bottom- up participatory innovation. As an expert for the European Commission on Internet of Things and Smart Cities, she advocates participatory bottom-up innovation as a means to empower people in driving social change.