With large-scale gatherings being put on hold, it’s proving time for digital engagement tech. We’ll share a selection of proven engagement tools with rich, empowering features that go beyond video chats and comments.
Matt Stempek is Senior Researcher at Civic Hall, where he builds and curates the Civic Tech Field Guide. Matt has been researching and building civic technology since 2005. He has creatively contributed to electoral and social campaigns, national and city governments, and academia and journalism. In 2016, Matt led the Digital Mobilization team at Hillary for America, which included the campaign’s voter registration, peer organizing, and SMS technologies and programs. Matt most recently served as Director of Civic Technology at Microsoft and is now based in Berlin, where he works on projects with a creative collective appropriately known as the Bad Idea Factory. Matt earned a Master of Science at MIT Media Lab’s Center for Civic Media. While at the Media Lab, Matt quantified global media attention to stories like Trayvon Martin’s, designed a peer-to-peer humanitarian aid marketplace, and built an award-winning email product to fight misinformation online. He also holds a BA with high honors from the University of Maryland College Park, where he wrote a thesis on the disruption that participatory media brought to political journalism.