Gabriella Gómez-Mont is the founder and director of Laboratorio para la Ciudad, the experimental arm and creative think tank of the Mexico City government. Gómez-Mont is a professional problem solver, and Mexico City—with 22 million area residents and a labyrinthian government structure—has plenty of problems. As the head of the lab, Gómez-Mont is experimenting with unusual solutions to difficult issues. So far, the journalist, visual artist, and documentary filmmaker has led a project to crowdsource the first citywide bus map via a lab-built app. The lab also built a digital discussion-and-debate platform that the city used for communicating with citizens after anti-Uber protests turned violent last summer (it can be adapted for future citywide debates on other topics). The lab’s team includes artists, graphic designers, policy experts, social scientists, data analysts, architects, an urban geographer, and experts in civic tech and AI.
Gómez-Mont has been awarded several international recognitions for her work in different fields, such as the first prize in both the Audi Urban Future Award, and the Best Art Practice Award from the Italian government, among others. She is also a TED Senior Fellow, an MIT Director's Fellow, a Yale World Fellow, an Institute for the Future Fellow, and a World Cities Summit Young Leader.