Rodrigo Davies (

Rodrigo Davies

Rodrigo builds products that empower communities and reconnect people to the places they love. He is product manager for Strava Metro, which makes running, riding and walking in cities better by empowering cities, transit agencies and planning groups with data and insights. Rodrigo co-founded and now advises Build Up, an award-winning social enterprise working on technology-supported methods for resolving conflict, and published the first large-scale study of civic crowdfunding, the use of crowdfunding to produce public goods. Previously he led the product team at Neighborly from launch to its first $100 million in investments. He has served as an adviser and product manager to the Mayoral offices of San Francisco and Boston, the United Nations Development Program and the UK-based crowdfunding platform Spacehive. Rodrigo has been invited to speak about civic technology by venues including SXSW Interactive (Austin, TX), Personal Democracy Forum (NYC), the Library of Congress, Code for America, Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, the Oxford Internet Institute, the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). Thesis: Civic Crowdfunding: Participatory Communities, Entrepreneurs and the Political Economy of Place