Karina Alexanyan is a Postdoctoral Scholar and Project Manager at mediaX at Stanford University. Dr. Alexanyan’s research background is in global social media networks, technology, and education.
She has consulted for leading academic, corporate and non-profit clients, including Stanford, Harvard and Columbia Universities. Alexanyan holds a PhD in Communications from Columbia University, a M.A. in Communication from NYU and a BA in Linguistics and Modern Languages from the Claremont Colleges.
Cong Chen is a member of the research staff at Fujitsu Laboratories of America. His research interests include intelligent human-computer interaction (HCI), information retrieval, and information visualization. At Fujitsu Laboratories of America, he has created Guided Play, a technology that aims to evaluate and improve children’s play behavior, especially for those with autism. Dr. Cong holds a PhD in computer science from The University of Texas at Dallas.
White House Champion of Change, Forbes 30 under 30 leader, and BBC Women of Africa Hero, Haben Girma is a civil rights advocate. The first Deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School, Haben works as an advocate for equal access to information for people with disabilities, earning her recognition from President Barack Obama and President Bill Clinton. Haben helped increase access to a library of digital books for blind readers in a 2014 landmark case.
Catalin Voss is a student entrepreneur at Stanford University. He is the founder of the Stanford Autism Glass Project and computer vision company Sension, which was acquired by GAIA Systems in 2015. Prior to coming to Stanford, Voss built a mobile payments system at PayNearMe while still in high school. He has been recognized with several awards for his work in industry and as an entrepreneur, including the Lemelson-MIT prize, Forbes’ 30 under 30, Business Insider’s 40 under 40, and several profiles (Spiegel, WSJ, WIRED, NBC). Voss is also a Venture Partner at Axel Springer, Europe’s largest publishing company.
Haben Girma, Civil Rights Advocate & White House Champion of Change, explains how thinking of new ways for disabled people to interact with technology can lead to some of technologies biggest breakthroughs.