Gesa Ziemer (Prof. Dr. Phil.) is Director of the City Science Lab, a collaboration with the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge, USA. She is professor of Cultural Theory and Practice (in the field of metropolitan culture) at the HafenCity University Hamburg. Her research is focused on Digital City Science, new forms of collaboration, public spaces and artistic research. She received the Humbold Foundation grant for the Feodor-Lynen Program at the Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge/USA and she is an evaluator for the Scientific Council of Germany, the Swiss National Science Foundation and German federal ministries. She also serves as the academic director of UNITAC, a United Nations Innovation and Technology Lab (UN Habitat, OICT) that conducts global research on the use of technology in informal settlements.