June 3-5, 2020 | McCormick Place | Chicago, IL

Lon Addison

Lon Addison

Strategic Consulting, Digital Catalyst


Lon brings over 25 years of leadership in strategic planning, research, and management of information technology in design & engineering, architecture & the arts, heritage & culture, the environment and more. With executive roles spanning the United Nations to Silicon Valley and the University of California, he excels at leading cross-disciplinary teams to creatively bring technology to the aid of society.

From pioneering R&D to help create the world’s first long-range 3D laser scanner as VP of Cyra Technologies, to guiding UC Berkeley’s foray into applied new media and virtual/augmented reality, or reforming online knowledge and communications at the UN, he is an expert in IT strategy. He has led and advised tech startups in areas from reality capture and 3D imaging to VR/AR, biometric security and media delivery. The architect of numerous digital information systems, work ranges from UNESCO’s social media strategy and award-winning World Heritage web, to Microsoft/IDRC’s Telecentre, a UN-wide conservation treaty knowledge-bank, and more.

He has built strategic relations and multi-million-dollar alliances with partners from Apple to Google, Panasonic to Nokia, and governments across the globe. He serves as President of the Int’l VSMM Society, VP of ICOMOS’ Int’l Scientific Committee for Interpretation & Presentation, and on the boards of multiple philanthropies and non-profits.

Prof. Addison has authored/edited dozens of books/papers, including “Disappearing World” (HarperCollins, 2007-09) published to acclaim in 9 languages. Co-founder of the DigitalHeritage Int’l Congresses, he has lectured at universities from Oxford to Tokyo, and Dresden to Cairo, and currently serves as Guest Professor in the Lemaire Centre for Conservation at KU Leuven & Adjunct Professor in Design at OCAD University.

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