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Thursday, November 5


A designer, urbanist, and social innovator, Liz Ogbu is an expert on social and spatial innovation in challenged urban environments globally. From designing shelters for immigrant day laborers in the U.S. to a water and health social enterprise for low-income Kenyans, Liz has a long history of working with communities in need to leverage the power of design to deliver social impact. She is founder and principal of Studio O, a multidisciplinary design and innovation firm, as well as adjunct faculty at UC Berkeley and Stanford’s d.school. Previous roles include first-ever Scholar-in-Residence at the Center for Art & Public Life at California College of the Arts, Innovator-in-Residence through the inaugural IDEO.org Fellowship, and Design Director at the nonprofit Public Architecture. Her projects have been featured in museum exhibitions and received numerous design awards globally. She has also written for and been profiled in publications such as the Boston Globe, Metropolis, Core 77, and the Journal of Urban Design.  Her honors include Aspen Ideas Scholar, Next City Vanguard, Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council, and one of Public Interest Design’s Top 100. She earned architecture degrees from Wellesley College and Harvard University.

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Liz Ogbu

Principle, Studio O
A designer, urbanist, and social innovator, Liz tackles wicked social problems through creative transformations of places, systems, and communities. She runs her own multidisciplinary design and consulting practice, Studio O, and is on faculty at UC Berkeley and Stanford’s d... Read More →

Thursday November 5, 2015 9:15am - 10:30am
Great Lakes C
Saturday, November 7


Closing Plenary - Looking towards the Future: NMC Horizon Report
Every year, the MCN conference draws together professionals working at the cutting edge of museum practice to examine the current trends facing the sector. Similarly, the NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Museum Edition (go.nmc.org/museum2015), guided by the input from a panel of over fifty international museum experts, helps museums and universities set priorities for technology planning, research, & practice. Responding to the needs of the sector, the 2015 Museum Edition added new sections that outline the implications of trends and challenges for policy makers, museum leaders, & practitioners. 

In this conversational, talk show style discussion, presenters (and the audience) will together explore the synergies between #MCN2015 and the current Horizon Report. We will draw links between topics featured in the report and the major themes and conversations that surface during the conference, including topics like cross-museum collaboration, emphasis on online audiences, location-based services, increasing focus on data collection, and more.  

The session will conclude by looking towards the future and asking "What do we think we’ll be talking about in 2016, and why?" 

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Suse Cairns

Director of Audience Experience, Baltimore Museum of Art
An Australian in Baltimore. Podcaster at museopunks.org, former blogger at museumgeek.wordpress.com.
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Alex Freeman

Director, Membership and Special Projects, New Media Consortium
Alex Freeman is the NMC's Senior Director of Membership and Special Projects. He is responsible for the management and coordination of special projects, especially those that serve the NMC’s member communities. Freeman produces online and face-to-face professional development programs... Read More →
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Nik Honeysett

Chief Executive Officer, Balboa Park Online CollaborativeNik Honeysett is CEO of the Balboa Park Online Collaborative, a technology non-profit consultancy that provides support, development and strategy for the museums in Balboa Park, San Diego and beyond. Previously, he was Head... Read More →
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Carolyn Royston

Independent Consultant

Saturday November 7, 2015 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Great Lakes C