“The work that Mitchell Sipus does defies conventions and challenges the existing notions of what designers can do in the 21st century. Even when we look at the forecasts of what the most important design jobs of the future could look like, we can see that Sipus already sits on the far end of some of these projections.”

- Gjoko Muratovski, Journal of Design, Business, & Society 2017 


15 Years of Global Impact by Applied Research and Technology Design


Mitchell is a technology innovation executive for organizations of global impact.  Over the last 15+ years, he has transformed lives across 6 continents. Today Mitchell leads the field of Design in the use of artificial intelligence and robotics to scale strategy, leadership, and transformation.

He is a specialist in the design of artificial intelligence products and services to transform industries, invent markets, and shape governments. More information available.


Mitchell presently improves governments around the world with Skylight Digital.

Head of R&D at TulcoLabs, Pittsburgh PA
2016-2017 Presidential Innovation Fellow
The White House, Washington DC

Selected History 
Carnegie Mellon University City of Mogadishu, City of Kabul


External References

2017. June. Sipus, Mitchell. "More Design, Less Innovation," Forced Migration Review: Shelter in Displacement http://www.fmreview.org/shelter/sipus.html

2017. Gjoko Muratovski. "Tour of Duty: A Conversation with Mitchell Sipus," Journal of Design, Business, & Society 3:1.1, 7-19

2016. "Envisioning a post-conflict Tripoli: The Inclusive Urban Strategy and Action Plan for Bab al-Tabbeneh and Jabel Mosen," Footprint: Delft Journal of Architectural Theory 19

2016. September 14. Gray, David. Liminal Thinking: Create the change you want by changing the way you think.

2016. July. "Using computational modeling to examine shifts towards extremist behaviors in European Diaspora Communities," Advances in Cross-Cultural Decision Making (480): Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 331-332

2016. Rule, Troy. "Drone Zoning," North Carolina Law Review 96 https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2743945

2016. April 15. Jenson, Ole B., "Drone city - power, design and aerial mobility in the age of 'smart cities," Geographica Helvetica http://www.geogr-helv.net/71/67/2016/gh-71-67-2016.pdf

2016. February 15. Widener, Michael N., "Local Regulating of Drone Activity in Lower Airspace," Boston University Journal of Science and Technology (22) https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2732845

2016. Herring, Christopher. "Sheltering those in need: architects confront homelessness," 18th Annual Berkeley Undergraduate prize for architectural design excellence. http://www.berkeleyprize.org/competition/essay/2016/essay-question/christopher-herring-essay

2015. Smit, Anneke. "Property Rights and Public Interests: Restitution, Transitional Justice, and Post-Conflict Reconciliation," in Implications for Research, Policy, and Practice at the Intersection of Forced Migration, Transitional Justice, and Reconciliation, ed M. Bradley, McGill-Queens Press.

2015. Jenkins, Nathan
. "An application of aerial drones in zoning and urban land use planning in Canada: A preliminary review of current policies, restrictions and planning direction for aerial drones in Canadian cities," MCP Thesis, Ryerson University

2015. October 15. Voigt, Robert. "Drone's Eye View," Planning: The Magazine of the American Planning Association, https://www.planning.org/planning/2015/oct/

2015. October 15.. Kiger, Patrick J., "Imagining the Driverless City," Urban Land, The Magazine of The Urban Land Institute.

2015. July 22. Haubry, Claire. "Robots: Sepro s'appui sur les USA pou innover," Ouest France, http://www.ouest-france.fr/pays-de-la-loire/robots-sepro-sappuie-sur-les-usa-pour-innover-3577311

2015. June 12. Simon, Mathilde. "The April 2015 Attack in Garissa by al Shabaab." Foreign Policy Journal.

2015. January 1. Rawn, Evan. "The three-dimensional city: How drones will impact the future urban landscape." ArchDaily. http://www.archdaily.com/583398/the-three-dimensional-city-how-drones-will-impact-the-future-urban-landscape

2015. I Limo, W Mona, "Challenges of Relationships and Social Identities: The paradox of the consequences of Kenya's military intervention in Somalia," in The New African Civil-Military Relations, ed. Limo, Irene, and Williams Muna APRI: Pretoria. 

2014. August 22. Kastrenakes, Jacob. "This is what the future of a drone-filled America could look like: Could drone zoning laws keep pilots in check?" The Verge, http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/22/6057539/drone-zoning-concept-for-regulating-flight-times-locations

2014. Shay, Shawn. Somalia in Transition Since 2006. Transaction Publishers, New Jersey. 

2014. August 22. Zhang, Sarah. "Should Cities have Zoning for Drones?," Gizmodohttp://gizmodo.com/should-cities-have-zoning-for-drones-1625674707

2014, August 22. Atherton, Kelsey D. "The Future of Urban Planning: Zoning for Drones," Popular Science Magazine http://www.popsci.com/article/technology/future-urban-planning-zoning-drones

2013. Kilcullen, David. Out of the Mountains: The Coming Age of the Urban Guerilla, Oxford University Press.

2013. October 20. Cane, Philip and SimonSchofield. "Al Shabaab: the rise and fall from Black Hawk Down to Westgate and beyond," Humanitarian Intervention Centre, London. http://www.hscentre.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/The-Rise-and-Fall-of-al-Shabbab.pdf

2013. June 11. Campbell, John. "Mapping Mogadishu and the Problem of Warlord Politicians," Council of Foreign Relations http://blogs.cfr.org/campbell/2013/06/11/mapping-mogadishu-and-the-problem-of-warlord-politicians/

2013. June 1. Rogers, Adam. "Life after warfare: How a digital map could help revive Mogadishu." Wired Magazine. https://www.wired.com/2013/06/fa_mogadishu/

2011. Kisiangani, Emmanuel. "Comparing Somalia's al-Shabaab and Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army," Institute for Security Studies Papers 229