Ing. Mariëlle H. van Dijk, Msc. (1967), originally educated as chemical analyst and interior designer, works as projectmanager for several organizations including Rijkswaterstaat and Port of Rotterdam. During this employment she became interested in the societal impact of technological development. Especially the rise of information technologies in civic participation drew her attention. This then became the subject of research for the master degree public administration she obtained in 2015. Her diverse background always accounts for new views on ordinary topics, like the Pod Peanut Podium she founded in 2014. This podium combines ordinary topics in an unusual fashion, like the podium on Big Data and Music in 2015.
Dr. Rebecca Moody (1981) is assistant professor at the department of public administration and sociology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her research focuses on the relation between technology and public policy and its core concepts. Her PhD research focused on the impact of geographical information systems on policy formation and agenda setting. Other research projects include : the influence of web 2.0 technologies on micro-mobilization processes and the impact on the policy process ; Development a tool for social media monitoring in European urban contexts regarding the topic of integration of ethnic minorities ; The influence of visual culture and visual technologies on public policy ; The impact of technology on knowledge creation within non-conformist groups and the impact of big data on urban policy contexts.