My work is focused on prototyping devices and experiences that promote long term thinking about the relationships between people, the communities they live in and the institutions they build.

In that spirit, I’ve been working on a series of disaster response live action games that give participants a deeper understanding of emergency response, creating more effective advocates for UNICEF and its campaigns.

I’m a co-founder and currently senior advisor to Water Canary, a social venture developing a fast, networked, water‐testing device that radically reduces the amount of time, expense, and skill required to test water for pathogens. The Water Canary was a winner in the 2010 NYU Stern 11th Annual Business Plan Competition and is currently preparing for a 2012 pilot. I’m also an advisor on rapidFTR, a mobile phone application and data storage system that helps aid workers collect, sort and share photographs and information about children in emergency situations so they can be registered for care services and reunited with their families.

I’m also adjunct faculty at the Interactive Telecommunications Program of NYU, a “laboratory for the recently possible”, home to one of the most amazing communities of makers and thinkers in NYC. I teach the ‘Designing for UNICEF’ course in collaboration with the amazing UNICEF innovations team. Prior to teaching I completed a one year residency as a researcher at ITP.

I’ve previously worked as a creative technologist at Applied Minds, have participated in innovation workshops for UNICEF Iraq, WaterAid and Magnum Photos, and I spoke at the PSFK 2010 conference about trends in technology for development work.

I use a Nikon D50 with an 1.4F Nikkor lens, lose my sunglasses with amazing consistency, and will travel for good gelato. You can read this bio in the second person as written by Kio Stark.

Contact Information

  • Best is email: john (thingie)
  • Second best is twitter: @dimatosj
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