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May 11, 2017

Heather Leson is a technologist strengthening community collaboration via humanitarian technologies and social entrepreneurship. She builds partnerships, curates digital spaces, fosters volunteer engagement and delivers training while inspiring systems for co-creation with maps, code and data.

At the International Federation of Red Cross Red Crescent, Heather coordinates global Data Literacy programs. She is a past Board Member at the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team and an Advisor for MapSwipe - using gamification systems to crowdsource disaster-based satellite imagery.

Imagine this world if we all lent a digital hand. Heather is a frequent public speaker having presented at Crowdsourcing WeekEuropean Space Agency Summer SchoolImpact Startup Europe, Understanding RiskIEEE Humanitarian Technology ConferenceGoogle Big TentOSCON, and TedxSilkRoad. Recently, she wrote articles on the power of data and digital literacy for the World Economic Forum and Civicus Datashift. 

Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Combined Political Science and History from Carleton University, as well as a Library and Information Technician diploma from Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology.