Matt Stempeck has been researching and building civic technology since 2005. He has contributed to electoral and social campaigns, national and city governments, and academia and journalism.
In 2016, Matt led the Digital Mobilization team at Hillary for America, which included the campaign’s voter registration, peer organizing, and SMS technologies and programs. Matt most recently served as Director of Civic Technology at Microsoft, and has spent 2018 traveling the world writing and working on projects with a creative collective, the appropriately titled Bad Idea Factory.
Matt earned a Master of Science at the MIT Media Lab’s Center for Civic Media. While at the Media Lab, Matt quantified global media attention to stories like Trayvon Martin’s, designed a peer-to-peer humanitarian aid marketplace, and built an award-winning email product to fight misinformation online before it was cool. He also holds a BA with high honors from the University of Maryland College Park, where he wrote a thesis on the disruption of participatory media on political journalism.