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Wednesday, May 25 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Open Data Panel: From the Space City to the Motor City

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Detroit is not alone in thinking about open data and civic innovation. What can we learn from others working on initiatives in other cities? What might they learn from us? How can we connect with others working on similar projects to take open data, mapping, and community engagement to the next level?

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Dexter Slusarski

Senior Data Manager, LOVELAND
Dexter specializes in developing processes for managing, maintaining and analyzing large datasets like LOVELAND’s National Cadastre which covers 100 million parcels across the United States. Before Joining LOVELAND in 2014, Dexter worked as a Planner for the City of Lansing’s Planning and Neighborhood Development Department, where he developed a deep love for open source projects, data analysis and community engagement. Dexter holds a Masters... Read More →

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Kibichii Chelilim

Kibichii is a Data Manager and Programmer at Data Driven Detroit where he coordinates the improvement of organizational data infrastructure and management and works on on-demand data requests.
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Shelley Stern Grach

Director-Civic Engagement at Microsoft, Microsoft
Shelley Stern Grach is the Director – Civic Engagement for the Technology and Civic Engagement (TCE) group at Microsoft Corporation. Based in Chicago, Shelley focuses on supporting long term economic development and STEM and STEAM programs that accelerate the Mayor’s Plan for Chicago. Stern Grach focuses on the intersection between community awareness and utilization of MS Philanthropies, YouthSpark’s digital literacy curriculum, and... Read More →
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Garlin Gilchrist II

Director of Innovation and Emerging Technology, City of Detroit
Garlin Gilchrist II's passion for advocacy, technology and policy guide his actions as a professional and a public servant. Connecting technology, new media, and grassroots organizing is the cornerstone of Mr. Gilchrist's work. His job is to open up the city's public data and information for the consumption and benefit of all Detroiters.
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Jeff Reichman

Founder/Principal, Sketch City/January Advisors
Jeff works on technology projects as a project manager, strategist, coder, designer, advisor, and general teammate. His work has been honored by the League of Women Voters, the White House, and the Houston Business Journal.