Melissa Teng is a Masters candidate in Civic Media at Emerson College. She is an interactive designer, developer, and artist. Her research interests include cultural memory, creative placemaking, and information access. Previously she worked as the lead designer of open data platforms for regional and national governments, as well as co-curator at a community gallery space for artists from underrepresented, vulnerable, or marginalized communities. She received her BA in Economics from Rice University.