Christina Franken

My bio:

Interested in data, urban tech, and user psychology, Christina is making Mapbox mobile sensor data an integral part of the future of smart cities. She works directly with our Mapbox Cities partners on data-driven open source tools to address today’s urban challenges - from traffic safety to disaster response projects. She scouts for projects that push the boundaries of what’s been done before and fit the “Open Cities are Smarter Cities” mantra.

Prior to Mapbox, Christina worked at Human, researching how data can help cities prepare the urban environment for active forms of transport, such as walking, running or cycling. She graduated from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany as an architect (Diplom Ingenieur) and holds an MA from Central Saint Martins College London with research on productivity in creative work. She doesn’t work with buildings anymore, but applies user-centered design thinking to digital and urban environments.

Examples of previous talks / appearances:

  • Panel @ State of the Map US 2017, Boulder, CO

    I organized and moderated a panel on the benefits of open data and OpenStreetMap in cities. Excerpt of the description:
    "In cities across the globe, local OpenStreetMap communities work diligently to improve and maintain the map of their city freely available to a wider non-technical audience. Simultaneously, local governments publish technical geospatial files to their open data portals, in many cases inaccessible to the average constituent. How can OpenStreetMap and local government work closer together to make open data widely accessible? How could the value of OpenStreetMap for public sector projects be communicated?

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    This talk is in: English
  • Accenture Perfect City | expert interviews | 2017

    Next to other experts on the subject, I was interviewed by Accenture NL on the topic of what the perfect city of the future will look like.

    This talk is in: English
  • Roundtable guest | CityLab Paris 2017

    I was part of an invite-only roundtable discussion on Smart Cities and necessary technical infrastructure facilitated by AWS during CityLab Paris.

    This talk is in: English
  • Presenting Vision Zero model | Smart Cities Week DC 2017

    Mapbox Cities partnered with Washington D.C. to help the city reach its Vision Zero goal of zero traffic fatalities by the year 2024. Using open data on traffic incidents from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) combined with anonymous sensor data, we’ve identified the highest risk areas to focus interventions — the results surprised us. I've shared the full story of this project at Smart Cities Week.

    You can see the slides here.

    This talk is in: English
  • De Mobiele Stad 1 Drukte in kaart | De Zwijger Amsterdam

    As part of my previous startup, I spoke about huge amounts of human activity data and how that could be beneficial for smart city planning.

    This talk is in: English
  • Panelist | OGP Summit 2016, Paris

    I was a panelist in two panels during OGP Summit 2017 in Paris.
    1. Benefits of open mapping as disaster response.
    2. Satellite imagery

    This talk is in: English
  • Open Mapping presentation | IDRG Conference | The Hague, 2017

    I presented on open mapping in the 2016 refugee crisis at the International Data Responsibility Group meeting in The Hague.

    This talk is in: English
  • RightsCon Brussels 2017

    I was a panelist in a panel on data responsibility by the International Data Responsibility Group (IDRG) in Brussels, 2017.
    We also organized a mapathon on mapping Palestinian villages in OpenStreetMap during the lunch break.

    This talk is in: English