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Emilio Velis is an advocate for the open movement in areas of social impact such as international development and sustainability, with experience in project documentation, open hardware and appropriate technology. He is currently Executive Director of the Appropedia Foundation, Chapter Leader of Creative Commons in El Salvador, and a member of the board of the Internet Society El Salvador Chapter. He is an adjunct lecturer of an Economics course on Innovation at ESEN and of the Media and Technology for Development Proseminar for the Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development at Brandeis University.

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Emilio Velis is an advocate for the open movement in areas of social impact such as international development and sustainability, with experience in project documentation, open hardware and appropriate technology. He is currently Executive Director of the Appropedia Foundation, Chapter Leader of Creative Commons in El Salvador, and a member of the board of the Internet Society El Salvador Chapter. He is an adjunct lecturer of an Economics course on Innovation at ESEN and of the Media and Technology for Development Proseminar for the Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development at Brandeis University. He also supports other initiatives of the open and tech community such as OpenClimate and the Latin American Fab Lab Network.

Emilio previously worked for eight years on volunteer management and fundraising at Habitat for Humanity El Salvador. His work was divided between field support for volunteers and donors, with the design and improvement of programs for service-learning and ethical volunteerism, as well as innovation and social resilience. At the same time, he worked on technology, open culture and how to support communities to find locally-based solutions. In 2014, Emilo co-founded Reacción, a technological startup for open hardware and gamification, community participation and the solution of social and environmental problems, and won the MIT Innovators Under 35 Central America Award in 2015. Reacción has been featured by organizations such as UNISDR and the Global Humanitarian Lab.

More recently, he has done research for a wide variety of subjects connected to Community-Centred Design such as citizen science, technology education, maker culture and frugal innovation. He has also collaborated in the development of open standards for DIN and Open Know-How by the Internet of Production Alliance.