MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy

Lunch Seminar
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 
100 Main Street, Room E62-450
Cambridge, MA 02142
RSVP no later than Tuesday, September 27 by registering HERE.
Luis von Ahn will present:

"Duolingo: Optimizing Education for Hundreds of Millions of Students"
Abstract: Duolingo is the popular free language education platform that has motivated over 150 million people worldwide to learn a language. The platform's digital-native experience, intuitive design and data-based approach to optimizing education has lead to its selection by Apple as iPhone App of the Year, by Google as "Best of the Best Android App" 2 years in a row and and as Best Education Startup by TechCrunch.

Luis will talk about the company’s trajectory and mission, the future of education, and the role of computer science in optimizing the learning process in ways that were previously impossible.
Biography: Luis von Ahn is an entrepreneur and computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University considered one of the pioneers of crowdsourcing. He is known for co-inventing CAPTCHAs, being a MacArthur Fellow and selling 2 companies to Google in his 20s. 

He has been named one of the 10 Most Brilliant Scientists by Popular Science Magazine, one of the 50 Best Brains in Science by Discover, one of the Top Young Innovators Under 35 by MIT Technology Review, and one of the 100 Most Innovative People in Business by FastCompany Magazine.

Luis is currently the co-founder and CEO of Duolingo, a language learning platform created to bring free language education to the world. With over 150 million users, it is now the most popular language learning platform and the most downloaded app in the Education category on both iTunes and Google Play, worldwide. 
This seminar is available via webinar. For details, please visit HERE.
Mark Your Calendars! Our Fall 2016 Series Includes:

September 28

Luis von Ahn (Carnegie Mellon University)

October 12

Xiang Hui, Christos Nicolaides, and Meng Liu (MIT)

November 9

Sagit Bar-Gill, Shan Huang, and Ananya Sen (MIT)
About the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy 

The Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE) is a major effort focused on the impact of digital technology on businesses, the economy, and society. The IDE is analyzing the broad sociological changes brought about by the advance and spread of digital technology. 

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