Governance/Business Meetings/Special Events (BGSE)
Luis von Ahn, an entrepreneur and computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University, is considered one of the pioneers of crowdsourcing. He is known for co-inventing CAPTCHAs, being a MacArthur Fellow and selling two companies to Google in his 20s. He is co-founder and CEO of Duolingo, a language-learning platform that brings free language education to the world. It is now the most popular language-learning platform and most downloaded education app in the world. A frequent speaker on technology, his talks explore reCAPTCHA and the power of collaborative work. For nearly 10 years, Luis worked to develop an area of computer science called “human computation,” which studies how to harness the combined power of humans and computers to solve problems that would be impossible for either to solve alone. An example is reCAPTCHA, where people help digitize books by typing CAPTCHAs on the internet. To date, over 750 million people have helped transcribe at least one word through reCAPTCHA. After selling the company to Google in 2009, he wondered how else to use small contributions by many on the internet for greater good. He captivates audiences with his impressive use of collaboration in his new project, Duolingo, which helps millions learn a new language while translating the web quickly and accurately—for free.