To catalyze the Kenyan tech community’s growth.


Kentaro Toyama TalkRSVP

  • Venue: iHub
  • Date: Thursday 18th August 2011
  • Starts: 11:00am
  • Ends: 12:00pm

Kentaro Toyama is a visiting scholar in the School of Information at the University of California, Berkeley. He is working on a book that argues that increasing wisdom should be the primary focus of global development. In 2004, Toyama co-founded Microsoft Research India, where he started an interdisciplinary research group to understand how electronic technology could support the socio-economic development of the world’s impoverished communities. The group’s award-winning projects – including Digital Green, MultiPoint, and Text-Free UI – have been seminal in ICT-for-development research. Since 2009, he has been active as a vocal critic of the hype that pervades technology projects in international development. Prior to his time in India, Toyama did computer vision and multimedia research at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA, USA and Cambridge, UK, and taught mathematics at Ashesi University in Accra, Ghana. He received a PhD in Computer Science at Yale and his bachelors from Harvard in Physics.

On the 18th of August, 2011 will be his first time to present this talk so lets give him lots of feedback and discussions.