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Last Name
Job Title
Director of Digital & Emerging Media
Digital & Emerging Media
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum
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Your Background

Your Biography

Seb Chan is currently the Director of Digital & Emerging Media, Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum.

Until November 2011, he led the Digital, Social and Emerging Technologies department at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, where he oversaw the implemen- tation of Open Access and Creative Commons licensing policies and many projects exploring new ways for visitors and citizens to engage and contribute to the Powerhouse’s collection. Chan was a member of the Australian Government’s Government 2.0 Taskforce and he has helped organisations and institutions all over the world strategise and implement cutting-edge technologies in the cultural sector.

His other interests include electronic music and digital art, and he has directed and curated large-scale national and international events and festivals. In his spare time he plays music, cooks desserts, and was the founder of Cyclic Defrost Magazine.

He runs the Fresh + New blog covering issues and new ideas around digital media and museums at

Best of the Web History

2011 Vote
Smithsonian Web and New Media Strategy Wiki
2010 Vote
Make History: National 9/11 Memorial & Museum
2011 Nomination
The 80s are back exhibition and online presence
2012 Nomination
MONA / Museum of Old & New Art
2009 Nomination
Paul Hagon's Then & Now

Conference Attendance

I attended MW2011.
MW2011 Role
Program Committee Member
I attended MW2010.
MW2010 Role
Program Committee Member


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