Organizers

Firaz Peer is a PhD student in Digital Media at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA. His research examines the ways in which technologies and information artifacts construct, and are in turn constructed by the communities they are intended to serve. As part of his research, he employs participatory and design based research methods that allow community members to link their specific interests to academic achievement, career success or civic engagement.

Rahul Bhargava is a Research Scientist in the Civic Media group at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on creative approaches to building data literacy. For the past 10 years he has been running hands-on, participatory workshops for nonprofits, journalists, students, and others. He has specific interests in cultural localization of these activities, and concepts, and approaches to empowering activity design for the young and old.

Catherine D’Ignazio is a scholar, artist/designer and software developer who focuses on data literacy and how new forms of storytelling informed by technology can be used for civic engagement. She is an Assistant Professor of Civic Media and Data Visualization at Emerson College, a Faculty Director at the Engagement Lab and a research affiliate at the MIT Media Lab/Center for Civic Media.