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August 8, 2023
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (in-person)
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. (live-streamed)
University Memorial Center room 235
University of Colorado Boulder

When the devastating Marshall Fire spread across Boulder County in on December 30, 2021, many of us turned to our phones and our networks. They helped us make sense of the crisis and keep each other safe. We relied on information from local organizations and governments, as well as global platforms not designed for a moment like that, and not designed for our community.

What if we valued local technology the way we value local food and local businesses?

This event explores opportunities and challenges for building healthy tech ecosystems that are focused on the needs of local communities—with a focus on projects active across Colorado's Front Range. What kinds of social media could bring people together rather than driving them apart? What kinds of gig platforms could put workers and small businesses above global monopolies? How can regional journalists develop tools truly suited to their needs? The event will make space to introduce projects already cultivating local tech ecologies in Colorado and beyond, and we will discuss strategies for more intentionally developing those ecologies in the future.


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Aaron Brockett (Mayor of Boulder)
Nathan Schneider, Assistant Professor at CU Boulder and MEDLab Director

Morning Keynote
Fernanda R. Rosa (Virginia Tech)

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Lightning Talks
Josh Ritzer (Nigh)
Caroline Savery (Bloom Network)

Nikhil Mankekar (Colorado Venture Capital Authority)
Becks Boone and Jamie Anderson (Rootable)
Pat Kelly (Colorado ReWild)
libi striegl (Media Archaeology Lab)
LeeLee James (Slay The Runway)
Erika Ianco and Trish Uvenferth (Rocky Mountain Employee Ownership Center)
Mike Perhats (Nosh)

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Lunch and Lunch Keynote
Ted Striphas (CU Boulder)
Ethan Zuckerman (UMass Amherst)


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Panel: Crisis

Nabil Echchaibi (CU Boulder)
Saleh Khaled Ibrahim
Leysia Palen (CU Boulder)

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Panel: Journalism

Stacy Feldman (Boulder Reporting Lab)
Rossana Longo (Colorado News Collaborative)
Linda Shapley (Colorado Community Media)

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Panel: Gaming

Ann Marie (RemainNA) (CU Gaming)
Taylor (MustardSauce) Clark (CU Gaming)
Griffin Opp (CSU Gaming)

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Lunch will be served, along with snacks and a reception at the end. This is a free event, but please consider making a donation to MEDLab to support our work.

Organized by the Media Economies Design Lab at the University of Colorado Boulder and made possible by a generous gift from Colorado ReWild.