Dr. David Vogt
David Vogt provides strategic advice and mentorship to Empowered Startups. He is a scientist, innovator and innovation leader.
David began his career as a professional astronomer and observatory director, then science museum director, dot.com CEO, media lab research leader, and university-based innovation champion. He currently focuses his energy on a portfolio of innovation projects and start-up ventures. Dr. Vogt is the Director of Innovation Strategy for the UBC MAGIC Lab. His unusual trajectory as an academic, innovator and businessman provides a unique perspective on Empowered’s startup ventures. He works across corporate, government, community and academic settings, specializing in leadership of collaborative innovation initiatives. David’s current professional commitments are to: UBC Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre (MAGIC) Lab; UBC Human Communication Technologies (HCT) Lab; UBC Master of Education Technologies (MET) Program; Master of Digital Media (MDM) Program and CEO of Urban Opus.
David is CEO of Urban Opus, a data and analytics technology accelerator strategically aligned with Empowered Startups for product development. Urban Opus is an outgrowth of innovation initiatives of the Human Communication Technologies (HCT) Lab and the Media and Graphics Interdisciplinary Centre (MAGIC) Lab at the University of British Columbia. Urban Opus labs are headquartered at the Centre for Digital Media (CDM) at Great Northern Way in the downtown core of Metro Vancouver.