Francesco D’Orazio

Chief Innovation Officer, VP Product at Pulsar

Francesco is a researcher and technologist with a social sciences and digital media background. He specialises in exploring the new opportunities emerging at the intersection of technology and research.

Francesco designs systems and methodologies that help analyze the social web and extract insights in real time using computational social science and data visualisation.

Over the past ten years he’s been involved in social software design, social research and immersive media as a researcher, web strategist and creative technologist working for agencies and startups.

He has a PhD in Social Sciences and Digital Media (2004-2007) from Università degli Studi di Roma ‘La Sapienza’ and is a Senior Fellow at the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology at the University of Toronto where his research focused on Immersive Media, the evolution of Audiences and the rise of Social Software.

He is a regular speaker at research, innovation and technology conferences such as Big Data Week, Social Media Week, Social Data Week, Strata, WARC, MRS, Esomar, Virtual Worlds Forum, World Business Forum.

His work has been featured in the likes of BBC, Guardian, CNN, The Independent, Daily Mail, Mashable, Gigaom, Business Insider etc. oh and on Commander Hadfield’s Twitter feed.

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