David Orban

March 4, 2011

Photo credit: Joi Ito

David Orban, born in Budapest in 1965, is an entrepreneur and visionary, and an analyst of the global high technology landscape. He is Advisor and member of the Faculty of Singularity University, the founder and director of the Singularity Institute Europe, and former Chairman and a Director of Humanity+. He is also a founder and the Chief Evangelist of WideTag, Inc., the OpenSpime technology company, providing the infrastructure for an open Internet of Things.

Very active in virtual worlds, Orban is the founder of Vulcano, one of the first and most active Italian communities in Second Life. Orban studied physics at the University of Padua and University of Milan, and lives in Italy with his wife and three children.

An advocate of transparency in government, he is one of the founders, together with Tim O’Reilly, Lawrence Lessig, and others, of the Open Government Working Group, which developed a set of principles of open government data in December 2007. Orban spoke at the Italian Parliament about open government data policies in December 2008, calling for a wider adoption of transparent policies and accountability, criticizing current legislation about freedom of information.

A frequent speaker at conferences, Orban delivered talks at the Web2.0 Expo in Berlin, the Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego, PICNIC in Amsterdam, Virtual Worlds Conference (now Engage! Expo) in Los Angeles, SHIFT in Lisbon, and Mobile Monday in Amsterdam. On July 28, 2009 he held a public lecture entitled “Internet Of Things – Spime Design Workshop” at  Singularity University’s inaugural Graduate Studies Program.

See blog posts by this author:
The Singularity arrives in Europe, streaming live
See selected books by this author:
Best of H+ Magazine, Vol.1: 2008--2010