When he was a kid, Steve Kokotas was fascinated with cities. When he was in college, he discovered he could actually study urban planning—he was thrilled! His first full-time work was at USRobotics during the “post-punk new wave” ’80s and the birth of Wired magazine. That’s when he saw the power of data communications and the internet to annihilate space and accelerate information sharing. Armed with a Masters in Urban Planning and Policy, Steve melded urban planning, design, communications and information technology. For him, information sharing is not simply about providing access to information; it’s also about broadening what counts as useful information, and who creates, owns and distributes information in the Informational City of the future. Steve now has over 20 years of experience directing the development of a wide range of civic, government and urban technology projects, resulting in award-winning web applications and digital tools and services. His projects include specialized database-driven web applications, highly-customized public information systems, mission-critical public agency data warehouses, and web-based educational games, animations, data visualizations and extended reality (AR/VR/MR) apps typically provided as software as a service (SaaS).
Steve is Director of Technology Services