YouTube Playlist of Catherine D’Ignazio’s talks

I speak internationally about data feminism, data literacy, feminist technology and participatory design for civic engagement and urban planning. I run workshops on data storytelling, analysis and visualization for journalists, community organizations, artists, nonprofit staff, government, librarians, and digital humanists. I organize hackathons for overthrowing the patriarchy.

For speaking engagements, please get in touch with Janet Letts at janetsue.letts@gmail.com with a CC to me.

Upcoming and Recent Talks:

Smart Cities World Expo. Panel discussion. Barcelona, Spain. Tues, Nov 18, 2019.

MIT Press Bookstore. Data Feminism book talk and signing. Cambridge, MA. Mon, Mar 9, 2020.

University of Southern California. “Planning’s Edge” seminar series. Los Angeles, CA. Tues, Mar 24, 2020.

Phillips Andover. Symposium on Data & Justice. Andover, MA. Keynote Speaker. Sat, Mar 28th, 2020.

New York University. Data Feminism book talk.  New York, NY. Mon, Apr 20, 2020, 5pm – 6pm. 

Columbia University. Urban Planning seminar series.  New York, NY. Tues, Apr 21, 2020, 1pm – 2:15pm.

Data + Society. Data Feminism Book talk & launch party. New York, NY. Wed, May 13th, 2020, 5pm – 7pm

Recent talks on camera:

Data Feminism at the Data Power Conference, Bremen, 2019

Feminist Data, Feminist Futures from Eyeo Festival 2019.

Data feminism from Information+ Conference 2018.

Creative Data Literacy at the Information+ Conference 2017.

Why Data Matters Right Now from Vida entre datos and Iberodocs Lab, 2016.


Oct, 2019. Hacking the Breast Pump, Equitably, with Jenn Roberts. One Bad Mother podcast.

Oct 21, 2019. Experiments in Open Peer Review, with Lauren F. Klein and Catherine Ahearn. MIT Press podcast.

Sep 19, 2019. Ep 32 – Catherine D’Ignazio – Getting the Data Basics Right. Data Able podcast by Matt Jesser and Dave Mathias.

Dec 18, 2018. Episode #142: Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren Klein. PolicyViz Podcast by Jon Schwabisch. 

April 27, 2018. How to Hack Politics for the Good episode. Moms Rising Radio. Breaking Through podcast with Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner.

Nov 11, 2017. Feminist Data Visualization with Catherine D’Ignazio. Data Stories Podcast by Enrico Bertini and Moritz Stefaner.

Feb 10, 2016. DataViz with Catherine D’Ignazio and Mimi Onuoha. Responsible Data Conversations by the Engine Room.

Conferences, workshops and panels

MIT, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. Guest speaker to HCI lecture series. Data Feminism. Sep 2019.

Data Power Conference. Data Feminism. Bremen, Germany. Sep 2019.

4S Conference. Dissident Pregnancy Detection Models for the Regenerating Algorithms Panel. New Orleans, LA. Sep 2019.

Universidad Católica de Argentina. Datos, Desigualdad y Democracia. Buenos Aires, Argentina. Jun 2019.

Eyeo Festival. Feminist Data, Feminist Futures. Minneapolis, MN. Jun 2019.

Universidad Católica de Argentina. El periodismo y la visualización de datos. Buenos Aires, Argentina. Mar 2019.

Bryant University. Data Storytelling for Digital Humanists Workshop. Smithfield, RI. Nov 2018.

Loyola University Chicago Fall Symposium on Digital Ethics. Keynote Speaker. Chicago, IL. Nov 2018.

Data Innovation Project Coalition. Workshop: How to Kickstart a Data Culture in your Organization. Portland, ME. Nov 2018.

University of Southern Maine. Data Feminism. Portland, ME. Nov 2018.

Information+ Conference. Data Feminism. Potsdam, Germany. Oct 2018.

Emerson College Teach-in on Race. Intersectionality: Where Identities Meet. Panelist. Boston, MA. Oct 2018.

U of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Humanities and the Arts in the Age of Big Data. Data Feminism. Oct 2018.

Y-USA Conference on IT and Data Analytics. Data Collection, Analysis and Visualization for All. San Antonio, TX. Sept 2018. 

Organization of Biological Field Stations. Useless Maps, Talking Creeks and Breastpump Hackathons. Keynote Speaker. Acadia, ME. Sept 2018.

United States Breastfeeding Committee National Conference. Designing for Equity: Lessons Learned from the “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck” Hackathon. Atlanta, GA. Aug, 2018.

MIT Media Lab. Advisory Council and Director’s Fellows Retreat. Make the Breast Pump Not Suck. Cambridge, MA, July 2018. 

Ontario College of Art & Design. Diagrams of Power, Panelist. Toronto, ON. Jul 2018.

Allied Media Conference. Two Breast Pump Hackathons and Counting. Detroit, MI. Jun 2018. 

Data Visualization & Society, authors retreat. Data Visualization Literacy & Feminism. Lesbos, Greece. Jun 2018. 

Data Justice Conference. Data Feminism. Cardiff, Wales. May 2018.

Chicas Poderosas. Intro to DataBasic.io Workshop. Online, May 2018.

Think Commons. Feminismo de Datos. Taller en español. Online, May 2018. 

Institute of Contemporary Art Boston. Demystifying Data. Workshop. Boston, MA. May 2018.

MIT Women’s Unconference. Moderator for Tamika Mallory’s keynote. Cambridge, MA. April 2018.

MIT Museum. Big Data Justice. Panel discussion. Cambridge, MA. Feb 2018.

MIT Dept of Urban Studies and Planning. Big Data, Visualization, and Society guest speaker. Cambridge, MA. Feb 2018.

Northeastern University. Feminist Data Visualization. NUVis speaker series. Boston, MA. Feb 2018.

Harvard Neonatal Epidemiology Conference. The “Make the Breast Pump Not Suck” Hackathon: A mother-centered approach to breastfeeding innovation. Invited Speaker. Boston, MA. Jan 2018.

Maternal and Child Health Seminar at the Harvard School of Public Health. A Feminist HCI Approach to Designing Postpartum Tech. Invited Speaker. Boston, MA. Nov 2017.

Innovation for Global Nurses: Exploring Technologies and Beyond. Design Thinking and Health Innovation. Keynote Speaker with Becky Michelson. Boston, MA. Oct 2017.

Right to the Smart City. Maynooth University.  Sensors and Civics: Towards a Community-Centered Smart City (draft paper).Invited participant. Maynooth, Ireland. Sept 2017.

Highway to Africa: Media, Accountability and Local Governance. Rhodes University. How Technology is Changing Journalistic Practice.Keynote Speaker. Grahamstown, South Africa. Aug/Sept 2017.

4T Data Literacy Conference. School of Information at the Univ of Michigan. Creative Data Literacy for Newcomers.Keynote Speaker. Online. July 2017.

Boston Public Library. Visualizing Climate: A Panel Bridging Art, Science, and Policy. Invited panelist. Boston, MA. July 2017.

ISVIS 2017. Feminist Data Visualization. Keynote Speaker. Haifa, Israel. June 2017.

Theater Communications Group National ConferenceStrength in Numbers: Creative Data Storytelling for Organizations. Invited workshop leader. Portland, OR. June 2017.

MIT Information Science Program. Creative Data Literacy: Bridging the Gap Between the Data-haves and Have-nots. Invited speaker. Cambridge, MA. May 2017.

ACM Computer Human Interaction (CHI) Conference. Hacking Women’s Health. Workshop Co-organizer. Denver, CO. May 2017.

Public Lab Open Hour. Art in Environmental Science Advocacy. Invited speaker. Online. May 2017.

OpenVis Conference. Designing Visualization Tools for Learners. Speaker. Boston, MA. April 2017.

Emerson College. Visualizing for Justice: Creative, Critical and Contestational Mapping. Co-organizer and speaker. Boston, MA. April 2017.

American Association of Geographers Conference.  Feminist Data Visualization/Mapping Flexibly. Invited speaker. Boston, MA. April 2017.

American Association of Geographers Conference.  Data, democracy, and improving the world with critical VGI. Invited panelist. Boston, MA. April 2017.

DataRescue Boston @ Northeastern. Guerrilla Data Archiving event. Track leader for data visualization & storytelling track. Boston, MA. March 2017.

WMBR. Sci-Fidelity show. Invited guest to discuss media, tech & politics. March 2017.

Bryant College. Civic Imagination and a Useless Map. DIY Utopia Symposium. Invited panelist. Smithfield, RI. March 2017.

Olin College. “Useless Maps, Talking Creeks and Breastpump Hackathons”. Human Centered Design program. Invited speaker. Needham, MA. March 2017.

Tech Networks Boston Roundtable. How to do more with the non-profit data you already have. Invited workshop leader. Boston, MA. March, 2017.

Tapestry Data Storytelling Conference. Creative Data Literacy with Animated GIFs and Public Art. Presenter. St. Augustine, FL. March 2017. 

New Tactics in Human Rights. The Use of Data Visualization in Human Rights Advocacy. Invited conversation leader. Online. January 2017.

WorkBar. Truth, Fact & the Future of Journalism. Invited panelist. Cambridge, MA. January 2017.

University of Sheffield. The Culture and Politics of Data Visualization. Keynote speaker. Sheffield, UK. October 2016.

Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society. Association of Internet Researchers Conference. “What does feminist big data, data studies and datavis look like?” panel discussion. Invited panelist. Berlin, Germany. October 2016.

Penn State Center for Humanities and Information. The Humanities and Information Conference. Invited speaker. University Park, PA. October 2016.

MIT Media Lab. No permission, No apology conference. “Designing for Other (Than Straight, Rich, White Men)” panel. Invited panelist. September 2016.

Visitor Studies Conference. Keynote speaker: “Playful Data, Empowered Publics”. Boston, MA. July 2016.

-empyre- global community. Invited guest on Feminist Data Visualization. Online. July 2016.

Northeastern University. Indexical Design Symposium. “Feminist DataViz: Bring back the bodies!” Boston, MA. June 2016.

Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Information+ Conference. “Creative Data Literacy: Bridging the Gap Between the Data Haves and Have-nots”. Vancouver, BC. June 2016.

University of Copenhagen. Uncertain Archives Initiative. “Design for Un-knowing”. Copenhagen, Denmark. June 2016.

City University of New York. Critical Visualization Workshop. New York, NY. June 2016.

Tufts University. Social Sciences Librarian Bootcamp. “Open Data, Civic Data”. Medford, MA. June 2016.

ACM CHI 2016.A Feminist Approach to Designing Postpartum Technologies“. San Jose, CA. May 2016.

Education Writers Association. Workshop leader: “Data Tools for Beginners”. Boston, MA. May 2016. Workshop for journalists on the education beat.

Living Cities City Accelerator. Workshop leader: “Data Tools for Beginners”. New Orleans, LA. May 2016. Workshop for 50+ municipal government officials.

Radcliffe Institute. Urban Intermedia: the City Between Media & Information. “Data: Public? Poetic? Participatory? Political?” Cambridge, MA. May 2016.

White House. Police Data Initiative Year of Progress. “Data & Community Engagement”. Washington D.C. April 2016.

Georgia Tech. Humanities Visualization Workshop, participant. Atlanta, GA. March 2016.

MIT Art, Culture, Technology Program. “What do we need to embrace in order to make the world in which art is relevant?” Art of the Connecting Worlds workshop. Cambridge, MA. March 2016.

Responsible Data Forum. Visualization Workshop, participant. New York, NY. January 2016.

Data & Society. “What would feminist data visualization look like?” with Mushon Zer-Aviv. New York, NY. January 2016.

New England Foundation for the Arts. “Temporary Public Art on a Shoestring”. Boston, MA. November 2015.

Participatory Action Research Lecture Series. Department of Urban Studies & Planning, MIT. “Aesthetic Ways of Knowing OR What Can Art Do?”. Cambridge, MA. October 2015.

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Let’s Walk Urban Landscapes design research symposium. Workshop leader for “Navigate”. Hanover, Germany. 2015.

Northeast Arc Users Group. Keynote Speaker.”Unmaking Maps”. Amherst, MA. May 2015.

Play / Perform / Participate. Keynote Speaker. Small Data Futures. Utrecht, Netherlands. April 2015.

OKCast Webinar. Toward an Educational Model for Sensor Journalism. For the online Sensor Journalism series. March 2015. 

MIT. Public Space? Lost + Found. Moderator for “Reclaiming Public Space/Surveillance and Control”. April 2015.

Microsoft Social Computing Symposium. Consequences of Design Panel.Make the Breast Pump Not Suck. San Francisco, CA. Jan 2015.

MIT. Moderator for Comparative Media Studies Colloquium with Doris Sommers. Oct 18, 2014.

Wayne State University. “Terra Incognita: An Experiment in Cosmopolitanism”. Place, (Dis)Place and Citizenship Conference. Detroit, MI. Mar 22, 2014.

Northeastern University. Civic Engagement and Data Visualization. Information Design and Visualization Lecture Series. Feb 19, 2014.

Northeastern University. Maps, News and Geography. Presentation to the Data Swap 2013 kickoff. Oct 13, 2013.

South by Southwest. Panelist for Location: the Importance of Geodata. Feb 2013. Austin, TX.

American Association of Geographers. Review of Rethinking Power of Maps. Apr, 2010, Washington, DC.

College Art Association. The Contemporary Collaborator in an Interdisciplinary World. Dallas, TX. 2008.

Tate Modern. Take a Deep Breath conference. London, UK. October, 2007.

University of Vermont. Panelist for “Location Shift” exhibition. Middlebury, VT. Sept 20, 2007.

UVA Charlottesville. Symposium on Geography & the Humanities. Digital Art & Maps presentation. Charlottesvilles, VA. Jun 07.

American Association of Geographers. Art & Activism panel presentation. Apr, 2007, San Francisco, CA.

Not an Alternative. Psychogeography & Middle-class Entertainment. Sept 14, 2006. Brooklyn, MA.

National American Cartographic Information Society annual conference. Oct 2004. Portland, ME.

American Association of Geographers. Cartography & Art panel presentation. Mar, 2006, Chicago, IL.

College Art Association. Panel presentation. Feb, 2006, Boston, MA.

Boston Center for the Arts. Panel discussion on net.art. May 8, 2003. Boston, MA.

Boston Center for the Arts. Curator’s Talk. Apr 27, 2003. Boston, MA.

Somerville Cable Access Television. “Paradise and Information in the 21st Century” – October 1, 2002.

Boston News Network. Art & Technology: A Televised Panel Discussion. July 31, 2002.


Salzburg Academy on Media & Global Change. Salzburg, Austria. Visiting Scholar. 2016

Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Hanover, Germany. Let’s Walk Urban Landscapes. Visiting Scholar. 2015

SUNY, New Paltz, NY. Feed back – Future feed. Think tank participant. 2015

Museo d’Antiochia. Medllín, Colombia. Visiting Artist. 2010

Anderson Ranch. Aspen, CO. Extending Creativity in Digital Media program. 2008

Open Engagement. Regina, Sasketchewan, Canada. Residency & social art project. 2007

Kunsthochschule fur Medien. Cologne, Germany. Visiting Artist. 2007

UNC Chapel Hill. Department of Geography. Visiting Artist. 2006

School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Arts Administration Program. Visiting Artist. 2006

UC Santa Cruz. Visiting Artist. October 26-28, 2005. Visual Studies & Humanities Research Institute.

Computelec Corporation. Institute for Microworlds & Multimedia. Melbourne, Australia. Visiting Teacher. 1997

Guest lectures and reviews to classes

MIT. Guest speaker to First-year Discovery class – Transforming Good Intentions Into Good Outcomes. Nov 2019.

Harvard University, Faculty of Arts & Sciences. Guest speaker to Elements of Data Science Planning Seminar class. Sep 2019.

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design. Guest speaker to Elements of the Urban Stack class. Sep 2019.

MIT DUSP. Participatory Action Research, visiting lecturer. Oct 2018. Cambridge, MA. Dayna Cunningham, prof.

MIT. Data Storytelling Studio, visiting lecturer/reviewer. April 2016. Cambridge, MA. Rahul Bhargava, prof.

Harvard. Reinventing (and Reimagining) Boston. Guest lecture. Nov 2015. David Luberoff, prof.

MIT. Public Art, visiting artist. Feb 2013. Cambridge, MA. Antoni Muntadas, prof.

MIT. Urban planning, visiting artist. Nov 2010. Cambridge, MA. Annette Kim, prof.

MIT. Networked Cultures, guest reviewer. Oct 2010. Cambridge, MA. Nitin Satawney, prof.

MIT. Networked Cultures, guest reviewer. Apr 2010. Cambridge, MA. Amber Frid-Jimenez, prof.

MIT. Fear & Public Space, visiting artist. Feb 2010. Cambridge, MA. Antonio Muntadas, prof.

Art Institute of Boston. Public Art, visiting artist. Jun 24, 2009. Boston, MA. Julia Scher, prof.

Emerson College. Public Art, visiting artist. Nov 4th, 2008. Boston, MA. Cher Knight, prof.

Bryant University. English Dept, visiting artist. Oct 2007. Smithfield, RI. Martha Kuhlman, prof.

Emerson College. Public Art, visiting artist. Oct 26th, 2007. Boston, MA. Cher Knight, prof.

Art Institute of Boston. Intro to New Media, visiting artist. Mar 26, 2007. Boston, MA. Matt Nash, prof.

MIT. Fear & the end of public spaces, visiting artist. Mar 12, 2007, Cambridge, MA. Antonio Muntadas, prof.

Northeastern University. Topics in Contemporary Art, visiting artist. Feb 15, 2007. Boston, MA.

Harvard University. Art & Politics, visiting artist. Nov 19 2006. VES Program. Carrie Lambert-Beatty, prof.

Emerson College. Public Art, visiting artist. Oct 12th, 2006. Boston, MA. Cher Knight, prof.

Wentworth Institute of Technology. Artist Workshop. Oct 11, 2006. Boston, MA. Cynthia Fowler, prof.

Boston University. Artist Talks. Oct 5th, 2006. Dept. of Art History. Graduate Lecture Series. Boston, MA.

Brown University. Introduction to Psychogeography. Jul 19, 2006. Providence, MA. Holly Tavel, prof.

Wentworth Institute of Technology. Artist Workshop. Apr 19, 2006. Boston, MA. Cynthia Fowler, prof.

Smith College. Intro to Digital Media, Visiting Artist, Apr 13, 2006. Northampton, MA, Barbara Lattanzi, prof.

Towson University. Performance Workshop. Apr 9, 2006. Theater MFA Department. Baltimore, MD.

Smith College. Intro to Digital Media, Visiting Artist, Nov 17, 2005. Northampton, MA, Barbara Lattanzi, prof

MIT. AfterMath Lecture Series, Visiting Artist, Nov 3, 2005. CAVS. Cambridge, MA. Julia Scher, curator.

Mass College of Art. Integrating Text, Visiting Artist, Nov 1, 2005. Boston, MA, Jane Marsching, professor.

Harvard University. Senior Seminar. Visiting Artist. Feb 15th, 2005. VES program. Lelia Amalfitano, prof.

Emerson College. Intro to Media Production. Visiting Artist, Dec 6th, 2004. Boston, MA. Robert Sabal, prof.

Mass College of Art. Art and the Internet. Visiting Artist, Nov 23rd, 2004. Boston, MA. Nita Sturiale, prof.

Ontario College of Art & Design. Visiting Artist. Oct 28, ‘04. Toronto, Canada. Johanna Householder, prof.

Charles River Creative Arts Program. Visiting Artist. Aug 16th, 2004. Dover, Massachusetts.

UMass Lowell. Aesthetics of New Media. Visiting Lecturer, Feb 27, 2004. Lou Susi, professor.

SchoolTech Exposition and Conference. New York City, NY, April, 2000.

SchoolTech Exposition and Conference. Chicago, IL, August 17 & 18, 2000.

SchoolTech Exposition and Conference. New York City, NY, May, 2000.

National Educational Computing Conference (NECC). Seattle, WA, Jun, 1997.

Michigan Assoc. of Computer Technology Users in Learning. Grand Rapids, MI, Mar, 1998.

American Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. Denver, CO, Feb 10-11, 1998.

Digital Storytelling Conference. Crested Butte, CO, Sep 15-21, 1997.

National Educational Computing Conference. Seattle, WA, in Jun, 1997.

International Society for Technology in Education. Seattle, WA, in Jun, 1997.

US Department of Defense Educational Activities annual conf. Washington, D.C., Jun, 1997.