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Sebastian Chan

Director of Digital & Emerging Media | Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

New York, United States

Generally thinking:

Technology & The Future
Media & Journalism
Arts & Entertainment
Creativity & Design

My tags:

Digital MediaEducationGovernmentGraphic DesignHistoryMediaMuseumsProduct DesignTechnology

Very good at:
+ understanding digital culture
+ promoting cultural heritage
+ leading creative teams

About me & my work:

Seb Chan is currently Director of Digital & Emerging Media for the Smithsonian's National Design Museum in New York. He is responsible for museum’s complete digital renewal during a time when the museum is rebuilding and transforming into a ’21st Century Museum’. His team's 2013 work won awards from the American Association of Museums and Museums and the Web, and has been featured in Slate, The Verge, Fast Company and elsewhere. Prior to relocating to New York, he was Head of Digital, Social & Emerging Technologies at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney where he led teams responsible for the Powerhouse's pioneering work throughout the '00s in open access, mass collaboration, web metrics and digital engagement, as well as large scale Australian cross-institutional projects. He has also worked as cultural sector consultant with organisations across the world and was the co-author of Culture24's influential Lets Get Real action research project in 2011 & 2013 which helped evolve data-informed digital decision making in the UK performing arts and heritage sectors. He serves on several non-profit boards and is a regular speaker at digital and cultural sector conferences and events. He also led a parallel life in electronic art and music organising and curating festivals, international touring, and was founding editor-in-chief for a long running Australian music magazine.

My links:

Fresh & New | Long running museums and digital culture blog

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