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Urban Infrastructures for Public Health

  • District Hall 75 Northern Ave Boston, MA, 02210 United States (map)


While data and technology play a key role in tracking the flu and assisting collaboration among researchers and physicians, technology can also be a useful tool in driving wellness and even economic growth in Boston. Hosted by Microsoft’s Innovation & Policy Center – New England and the Venture Café Foundation, the fourth conversation on civic technology event aims to explore how a city can take an innovative look at public health.

At the fourth in the series of conversations on Civic Tech, we plan to address the following questions:

  • How does city infrastructure – signage and bike paths – enable public health and wellness?
  • What role does public health play in the innovation economy in Boston through job creation and industry innovation?
  • How can collection and analysis of data improve services for citizens and patients?
  • What technology exists today to collect, analyze or visualize public health data? And what other technologies do we need?

We are bringing together people from various parts of the public and private communities to spark the conversation and then invite the attendees to engage in the discussion. Invited panelists will include:

  • Maimuna (Maia) Majumder is an Engineering Systems PhD student at MIT and computational epidemiology research fellow at
  • Dr. Snehal Shah, Director of Research and Evaluation at Boston Public Health Commission & a pediatrician at Boston Medical Center
  • Ann Polaneczky, Project Engineer at Partners in Health for the Hopital Mirebalais in Haiti
  • Dr. Anne Lusk, Research Scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health
  • Moderator: Nicole Fichera, General Manager, District Hall

More information and registration on the event website.