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Chelsea Collier

Founder of Digi.City

Chelsea Collier explores how under-represented groups can co-create smart(er) cities and communities. She is the founder of Digi.City, a forum for smart cities and the social good and serves as the Editor-at-Large for Smart Cities Connect. She is pursuing her PhD at 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 the ethical design and application of AI to benefit society. She is also an NRT NSF Fellow in the Ethical AI Portfolio Program.

Chelsea 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, Everything You Need to Know to Start and Grow Your Business , Venture Beat and the Chicago Tribune. Her previous experience in social enterprise, tech entrepreneurship, economic development and state government inform her cross sector approach.