Speaker: Sebastian Chan
April 15-18, 2009
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

Speakers: Biography

Sebastian Chan

Head of Digital Services & Research
Powerhouse Museum
Digital Media
500 Harris St
Ultimo NSW
2007 Australia

Sebastian Chan is currently the Head of Digital Services & Research at the Powerhouse Museum. Coming from a background in social policy, journalism and media criticism as well as information technology, he has been building and producing websites and interactive media since the mid 1990s. At the Powerhouse he has been responsible for driving a strong user focus in design, usability and content, as well as expanding the scope and reach of the museum's suite of online projects.

His web team is responsible for the Museum's online presence as well as a large suite of experimental projects, as well as the Museum's collection database which has won several awards. He is known as a cultural sector specialist in social media and Web 2.0 applications, as well as web analytics.

He is also involved with several Australian Research Council Linkage projects researching social media, museums, and technology; and is a regular speaker in Australia. Being on the other side of the world he burns far too many fossil fuels delivering presentations and workshops in North America, Asia and Europe.

His other interests include electronic music and digital art, and he has directed and curated large scale national and international events and festivals, and also produces related media from radio broadcasts to print. In his spare time he runs a independent music magazine, Cyclic Defrost.

At the Powerhouse he also runs the internationally popular Fresh + New blog covering issues and new ideas around digital media and museums at www.powerhousemuseum.com/dmsblog/.

Sebastian will lead Web analytics and measuring on-line success in a rapidly changing on-line landscape - FULL. [Workshop]
Sebastian will lead Planning for Social Media - FULL. [Workshop]