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2018, Hong Kong

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Lauren Celenza (she/they) is a designer and writer whose ongoing work and research focuses on bringing equity and humanity into the dystopia of technology and industry. Her work has taken her across six continents and has been featured in Forbes and The Economic Times.

Formerly, she was a Design Lead at Google Maps and served as an initial member of the Alphabet Workers Union. During her time at Google, she embarked on a risky pursuit to make Google Maps–a tool used by one billion people every month–more inclusive for motorbikes, public transportation, and communities new to the Internet. Throughout the process, she sought to design with a research-driven, equity-seeking approach–from bridging the gap between big tech and local communities to advocating for changes in the workplace in an effort to cede power to people with lived experience. This work resulted in mapping out millions of historically excluded addresses, businesses, landmarks, and routes across the world. Prior to Google, she created work for Citizen Schools, The Gates Foundation, P&G, and more. She regularly teaches at universities and conferences on lessons, mistakes, and risks involved with inclusive and equitable design.

Lauren grew up in Southwest Ohio during the decline of the manufacturing industry and the rise of tech. In 2021, she was a participating writer at the Tin House Summer Workshop and worked with author Nadia Owusu. She is writing a debut memoir that examines the trajectory of American industry and tech’s role within the spheres of family, the workplace, and geopolitics. She is based in Seattle, located on the unceded homeland of the Duwamish people.

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