Matthew Rouser is a Detroit native who’s traveled, studied, lived and worked internationally and at home. He is a strategist and technologist who is passionate about urban space. He has devoted his career to making cities better for the people that dwell in them and promoting understanding of how we interact with city environments and assign them meaning. Matthew believes new and innovative uses of urban space can make significant contributions to our public and private lives, and focuses on working with members of communities to leverage their existing resources to make positive transformation suited to their needs.
His past work has been focused on revitalization of underused and empty urban space, specifically in Landskrona, Sweden and New York City. Mobile technologies and new media are his tools of choice: maps, location-based services, social media-platforms, AR and more. Matthew is a former Rotary Ambassadorial scholar, and holds a masters in Urban Planning. Currently he is working on with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and with a health care startup to engender more helpful and engaging experiences for citizens, and reduce hospital readmissions, respectively. Matthew is also a member of the leadership team of Code for Boston, a local volunteer group that hacks for social good.