Chelsea Collier convenes people across sectors to explore how the ethical application of technology can support the co-creation of smart(er) communities. She serves as the Editor-at-Large for Smart Cities Connect and is the founder of Digi.City, a forum for smart cities and the social good. She is a doctoral student in the School of Information (iSchool) at the University of Texas at Austin and a Graduate Research Assistant for Good Systems, an interdisciplinary team dedicated to designing AI technologies that benefit society.
She is a University of Manchester (UK) Simon Industrial & Professional Fellow (2019), a Marshall Memorial Fellow (2018) and an Eisenhower Fellow (2016). She is also the co-author of the Smart Cities Playbook and the creator of the Digi.City Smart(er) Cities Toolkit. Her work has been featured in national publications including Governing Magazine, Inc.com, Venture Beat and the Chicago Tribune. Her previous experience in social enterprise, tech entrepreneurship, economic development and state government inform her cross sector approach. She lives in Austin, Texas and serves on the board of the Austin Smart Cities Alliance (ASCA). Her masters and bachelor degrees are from the University of Texas at Austin.