Jens Bley
Managing Partner / Co-Founder eCultureLab@HCU / eCultureLab@HCU

Prof. Jens Bley is a researcher, executive consultant and entrepreneur, focusing on strategies, research & development and producing of digital transformation in cities, focusing on Smart Culture; Co-founder of the eCultureLab at the HafenCity University; Initiator of SmartSquare, a federally funded Smart Cities strategic revitalization project; Initiator and Co-Host of Coding da Vinci North, a cultural hackathon and innovation sprint with cultural institutions from northern Germany, Denmark and Sweden; Initiator and producer of eCulture forums; speaker (including keynote) and workshop organizer at various innovation conferences in Europe, USA, Asia, Australia; Co-Organizer of the TEDxHamburg events; active member of the Europeana Network and member of the Europeana Impact Modelling Task Force.; Co-Founder of the Smart City advisory work group of the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce and long time member of the advisory board for digital economy. Management Board Member of the Network of Digital Economy in Hamburg. Previously: Co-Initiator of first Living Labs Global Award (Hamburg), jury member of multiple Living Labs Global Awards; award winning producer for kids edutainment in cooperation with National Geographic and distribution into 70 territories; co-founder of an internet agency; Board Member (Chair of Marketing, International School Hamburg), European board of global eBusiness strategy company; Head of television and animation studios, Visiting Professor for content economy at the University of Arts Berlin. Fulbright scholar at the University of Florida.