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Joy Buolamwini is a brilliant coder, but she had an issue: facial recognition algorithms don’t always recognize her face unless she wears a white mask. This is an example of the subtle ways in which racial privilege excludes full participation in learning opportunities, so Joy did something about it – she started coding programs that are more inclusive. She started a revolution, and she’s ready to get you on board!

Joy Buolamwini is the founder of Code4Rights and a graduate researcher with the Civic Media group at the MIT Media Lab. Joy is a Rhodes Scholar, aFulbright Fellow, an Astronaut Scholar, a Google Anita Borg Scholar, and a Carter Center technical consultant recognized as a distinguished volunteer. As the Chief Technology Officer for Techturized Inc, a hair care technology company and Swift Tech Solutions, a global health tech consultancy, Joy gained technical competency by developing software for under-served communities in the US, Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria, and Niger. During her Fulbright Fellowship in Zambia, she explored empowering engaged citizens with skills to create their own technology through the Zamrize Initiative.


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Joy Buolamwini

Joy Buolamwini

Joy Buolamwini is the founder of Code4Rights and a graduate researcher with the Civic Media group at the MIT Media Lab. Joy is a Rhodes Scholar, aFulbright Fellow, an Astronaut Scholar, a Google Anita Borg Scholar, and a Carter Center technical consultant recognized as a distinguished volunteer.

As the Chief Technology Officer for Techturized Inc, a hair care technology company and Swift Tech Solutions, a global health tech consultancy, Joygained technical competency by developing software for under-served communities in the US, Ethiopia, Mali, Nigeria, and Niger. During her Fulbright Fellowship in Zambia, she explored empowering engaged citizens with skills to create their own technology through the Zamrize Initiative. In England,Joy piloted the inaugural Rhodes Scholar Service Year to launch Code4Rights which supports youth in creating meaningful technology for their communities in partnership with local organizations.

Joy holds a master’s degree in Learning and Technology from Oxford University and a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Georgia Tech. She serves as a resident tutor at Harvard University.