Christine is a design-driven, award winning, technology geek with an eye for innovation and a knack for project management and public speaking. Her background in architecture, design and computing helps her envision tomorrow’s world and build that world today.
She is Creative Director at Re:Imagine Group as well as founder of City Innovation Group - a global network of civic technologists and smart city researchers.
At Re:Imagine Group she works with the public and private sector conducting research, executing communication strategies and designing new services and products.
A skilled researcher and writer, Christine is currently working on the forthcoming book The Citizen, The Cloud & The Smart City: why open data and urban prototyping are the secret to civic reinvention. Other recent work includes leading the creative development of a 2-month Urban Prototyping Festival in Singapore, working for Rick Smolan on his Human Face of Big Data initiative, and consulting with the United Nations Global Pulse Research Team as a communication and innovation strategist.
Between 2008 and 2011, Christine was a Research Associate at MIT's (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) SENSEable City Lab. Here, she led the project 'The Copenhagen Wheel' - a wheel that turns ordinary bikes into electric hybrids with regeneration and real-time environmental sensing capabilities and which pushes the boundaries of the 'internet of things'. This work debuted at the COP15 United Nations Climate Conference and has gone on to win numerous design awards.
Christine's work has been featured in exhibitions and in academic and popular press, including: the COP15 Climate Conference, Ecological Urbanism at Harvard’s GSD, Senseable Cities: Exploring Urban Futures, in San Francisco, and in The New York Times, Scientific American and the Australian Financial Review. She speaks regularly about cities and innovation including at: DLD Cities, South by South West, Screen Media Expo, The Summer of Smart, the Future of Urbanism, Pervasive 2011 and Urban Prototyping, Singapore.
In 2011, Christine was one of eight researchers invited to Chile to help ignite an innovation culture amongst young designers and business school students. That same year she was named one of the top 100 ‘Internet of Things’ thinkers by Postcapes. She has been on the judging panel for the Living Labs Global Awards two years in a row, and has also sat on the program committee for several academic conferences, including the upcoming ‘Where the City Meets the Citizen’ Workshop, sponsored by IBM as part of the 6th International AAAI conference on weblogs and social media.
Prior to Christine's role at SENSEable City Lab and City Innovation Group, she received her SMArchS Architecture and Urbanism degree at MIT and her Master of Architecture degree in Sydney, Australia. She is a joint patent holder on the Copenhagen Wheel and before moving to the US practiced in both architectural and urban design offices in Australia.
Re:Imagine Group is a design, research and communications consultancy that focuses on next generation urban initiatives.
/City Innovation Group
Founded by Christine in 2010, The City Innovation Group is a global network of experts who hold monthly webinars to explore smart cities and the transformation of city design and policy development in the digital age.
/SENSEable City Lab
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
When Christine applied to MIT, she knew her research would revolve around new technologies and cities. With its focus on the future of distributed computing in urban areas, SENSEable City Lab became the perfect place to explore these interests.
Christine was a Research Associate with the lab from 2008 - 2011 on a variety of projects and publications, including as a project leader for Real Time Copenhagen, as a research assistant for a workshop in urban informatics, on the project Trash Track, and most recently as the project leader on the Copenhagen Wheel project.
Creative Director. Re:Imagine Group
Founder. City Innovation Group
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