The Gray Area Festival: Civic Data Panel

How can we empower citizens to sense and make sense of their surroundings? Sophie Lamparter and a panel of experts address this and other questions at The Gray Area Festival.

Event Details


Gray Area
2665 Mission Street, San Francisco, 94110 United States


May 23, 2015 from 10:50 am to 11:30 am America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


$0 - $250

The Gray Area Festival celebrates the opening of the historic Grand Theater as a Media Arts Center and Cultural Incubator in San Francisco. The festival comprises a conference, performances, workshops, and an exhibition exploring art and technology’s impact on culture.

On May 23 at Gray Area, swissnex San Francisco’s Associate Director and Head of Public Programs, Sophie Lamparter, moderates a panel on Civic Data alongside Jonathan Dinu, the VP of Academic Excellence at Galvanize; Ekene Ijeoma of Bloomberg Graphics; Di-Ann Eisnor, Community Geographer at Waze; and new media artist Taurin Barrera.

“Cities are now sentient, giant collectors and emitters of data,” reads the description of the panel. “This resource often goes unused, unnoticed, and un-understood by citizens. How do those that collect, understand, and visualize data treat the points that summarize our humanity?”


Sophie Lamparter

Sophie Lamparter is Associate Director and Head of Public Programs at swissnex San Francisco, a public-private partnership to connect Switzerland and the US in the areas of science, technology, art, and innovation. Based in San Francisco since 2011, Sophie Lamparter is responsible for defining the interdisciplinary programs that lie at the intersection of art/technology and art/science. She has organized and curated exhibitions and programs in media, digital and data arts, interaction/experience, game design, architecture, and urbanism. She is passionate about the power of dialogue and fosters ongoing relationships between digital practitioners, traditional institutions, academia, industry, communities, and governments.

Sophie launched programs including the open data initiative Data Canvas in partnership with Gray Area and the Lift Conference.



Featured image caption: Sensor Engine, a Maker Prize winner in the Data Art Challenge, a part of Data Canvas: Sense Your City. Created by Owen Powell (Solihull, UK).