Spatially founder and CEO, Hillit Meidar-Alfi, will be the featured speaker at a Women in Innovation Series event at Harvard College Women's Center focusing on Women in Data Science - Wednesday, February 15, 2017. The event will focus on women in data-science.
"I have been challenging the status quo for as long as I can remember. From being labeled a devil’s advocate in high school to a contrarian in college, I refuse to go with the flow or accept things as they are. Delving into and exploring what others take for granted, I thrive when creating innovative, logical, and elegant solutions. I consider myself a visionary. Growing up in a family of entrepreneurs, it was only a matter of time before I started my own company.
As a trained architect with over 10 years of experience, I’ve worked internationally on projects in countries including Japan and France, as well as with Hiller, the award-winning firm in Princeton NJ. I have also worked in the health care industry, housing, and urban design. As a teaching assistant at the University of Pennsylvania, I led seminars on planning urban infrastructure systems. While there, I noticed that available methods unnecessarily restricted users’ ability to gain knowledge to make better decisions – too much of the answer is already baked into the question and there is little room for discovery. I envision a customizable planning solution that's able to evaluate many infrastructure systems across geographic boundaries. At the same time, it must take spatial relationships into account, ultimately giving users across different disciplines the information and knowledge they need to make better decisions for themselves, their companies and their clients. That is why I created Spatially, a tech startup that provides location based services.
As founder and CEO, I oversee the company and ensure that it furthers my vision to be the leading geospatial analytics and solutions provider. I develop and implement overall growth strategies and those of the company’s models and products, conduct research, and establish client relationships."