Leo Burd

 


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Leo Burd, PhD

MIT Media Laboratory
Room E15-305
20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
U.S.A.

leoburd <* at *> media.mit.edu

 

 

 

 

I am a researcher at the MIT Media Lab and I am very interested in the design of technologies for creative learning and social empowerment.

 

Projects that I have worked on in education include the Department of Play, Scratch, and App Inventor.

 

In the civic media realm, I have created the VoIP Drupal open source toolkit and applications of it for neighborhood communication, local tourism, open governance, and community engagement.

 

Outside MIT, I have worked for groups such as the World Bank, Microsoft, and the Brazilian government. I have also coordinated a non-profit organization that built "computer and citizenship" schools in Sao Paulo slums, and was a key contributor to several international initiatives that use digital tools to improve quality of life. I currently direct Terravoz and do strategic consulting.

 

Born and raised in Brazil, I have a BSc in Computer Science from the Technological Institute of Aeronautics (ITA), a MSc from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP) on the design of software for educational activities, and a PhD from the MIT Media Lab on the development of technological initiatives for social empowerment.