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Urban Innovation Exchange

The Urban Innovation Exchange is an initiative to inform, engage and advance Detroit's growing innovation movement. Led by Issue Media Group with Data Driven Detroit, The Civic Commons and a coalition of media and community partners, UIX is made possible thanks to funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
For more information, visit us on Facebook, Twitter and Vimeo. To tell us about an urban innovator in your community, click here.



Claire Nelson is the director of Urban Innovation Exchange. As a founder of Open City, Declare DetroitMind the Gap, and Bureau of Urban Living, she is an advocate for quality of place and civic life. She studied architecture & urbanism at Smith College and Columbia University, and has lived & worked in Chicago, New York, Washington D.C., Detroit and New Orleans. As publisher of Model D in Detroit, she led the monthly Speaker Series and the On the Ground neighborhood reporting initiative, and served on the boards of Hatch Detroit, D:hive and Invest Detroit's Urban Retail Loan Fund. Her work has been featured in For the Love of Cities and Lemonade: Detroit.

Nicole Rupersburg is the editor of Urban Innovation Exchange and Creative Exchange. A bit of a gypsy journalist, she also covers food, travel, arts, culture, and entertainment for local and national media outlets all over the country. The University of Detroit Mercy grad is best-known in her hometown as "HBIC" of Eat It Detroit
Philip Lauri & Steven Oliver are the film production team behind DETROIT LIVES!, a creative agency that develops engaging multimedia projects that push a new image of the City of Detroit. Their innovative approach includes a combination of social branding, marketing and community engagement. Production credits include After the Factory and the DC3 Speakers Bureau. Residents of Woodbridge, Philip & Steven are producing video profiles of urban innovators for UIX.

Jessica McInchak is a researcher and analyst with Data Driven Detroit, dedicated to providing accessible, high-quality information and analysis to drive informed decision-making. Jessica leads the research for Urban Innovation Exchange, surveying and interviewing Detroit innovators to gain insights into the networks and resources they are using to start and scale their work. Twitter: @D3detroit

Matthew Lewis is the managing editor of Model D and a contributor to Urban Innovation Exchange. His writings have appeared in A Detroit Anthology (Rust Belt Chic Press), Belle Isle to 8 Mile: An Insider's Guide to Detroit, the Detroit Free Press and MLive. Last year, he worked on the team that developed NEIdeas, a challenge to reward existing businesses in Detroit for growth. Before that, Matthew worked for the Detroit Revitalization Fellows Program and as a technology assistant at the Detroit Public Library. He studied urban planning at Wayne State University and English at the University of Michigan. Twitter: @matthewjlew @modeld @UIXDetroit



"Urban Innovation Exchange Connects Detroit's Social Innovators"
(Huffington Post, March 6, 2012)
"New project highlights Detroit innovators"
(Detroit Free Press, March 6, 2012)
"Partnering for Transformation"
(Model D, March 6, 2012)

"New Effort to Help More Detroiters Learn and Lead As Innovators"
(Knight Foundation, March 6, 2012)
"Championing Urban Innovation"
(Knight Foundation, March 6, 2012)
"At SXSW, Rishi Jaitly shares insights as to what makes community philanthropy work" (Knight Foundation, March 13, 2012)


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