Nitin Sawhney, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the New School and affiliated with the MIT Center for Civic Media. His research, teaching and creative practice engages the critical role of technology, artistic interventions and DIY cultures among communities in contested spaces. Nitin previously conducted research on urban renewal through the arts in divided cities, and creative resilience through youth media and activism in Palestine. His current work includes OccupyData Hackathons to facilitate participatory data-driven activism, and developing an online platform and place-based initiative, MikroAct, to support urban tactics and civic action in neighborhoods of Moscow and NYC. Nitin is currently completing a documentary film, Flying Paper, about the participatory culture of kite making among children in Gaza, with support from National Geographic.