Joy Buolamwini is a 25-year- old Ghanaian-American lady who currently resides in Boston, in the United States. Her father is a cancer researcher while her mum is an Artist. Miss Buolamwini is passionate about using technology to enhance entrepreneurship; she is accomplished in this field and is the recipient of many awards and scholarships. She was inspired by arts and science used in the service of humanity while growing up.
Joy is a graduate of Computer Science (with honors) from Georgia Institute of Technology, and a certificate in Computer science and Architecture from Barcelona, Spain.
In 2014, she bagged her Masters Degree in Learning and Technology from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and has recently begun furthering her studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Labs as a Graduate Research Assistant.
Here’s a closer look at her awards…
- Oxford University Graduate Entrepreneur: Endorsed to pursue the social venture Code4Rights.
- Rhodes Scholar: one of the Americans to pursue a graduate studies at Oxford University in 2013
- Fulbright Fellowship in Zambia in 2012.
- Google Anita Borg Scholarship in 2011.
- 2011 and 2010 Astronaut Scholar: Awarded by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation to promising students pursuing STEM education.
- Stamps President’s Scholar: Premier Georgia Institute of Technology undergraduate scholarship awarded to the top 10 incoming freshman at time of conferral in 2008.
- Buolamwini is a Board member at the College of Computing OMS/Ambassador to Africa at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Miss Joy Buolamwini started building her profile in technology while she was a high school student; her Latin club wanted a website, so she summed up the courage of reading and watching videos online, and built them one! Buolamwini as an undergraduate student worked in several capacities such as Research Assistant in everyday computing, Research Assistant Computational Perception lab and College of Computing Mentors. While Joy was at Georgia Tech she researched on health informatics as well as social robotics and autism.
She nurtured her talents at Yahoo as a Software Engineer intern for a period of 7 months.
Joy’s entrepreneurial skills can be traced again way back to high school when she started a freelance development company and she has gone on to establish several businesses such as Excelgrade in 2012 which augments educational technology. She also runs a hair technology company with a few other women, and launched the Madame You Platform in 2012.
Miss Joy created an android-based mobile surveying solution that was used to survey nearly 40,000 people in Ethiopia to help eliminate blinding trachoma for over 17 million people at the Carter Center; she worked as a Technical Consultant on that project for 3 years and 8 months.
In January 2013, Miss Buolamwini established Zamrize in Zambia an initiative that was inspired to empower Zambian youth to become creators of Technology as a Fulbright fellow and currently she still remains its Director.
Code4rights, also founded by Joy Buolamwini was developed in 2012 with the aim of promoting knowledge of human rights through technology.
She is exceptional at tutoring and is presently an Adams House Resident Tutor at Harvard University. Guess what? She can teach a team to code in 2 hours. That’s not all though, but in another 2 hours, that same team can develop an app under her supervision. Sounds fantastic right! That’s how good she is.
She started working in September 2015 as a at MIT Media Lab.
Why Tech Her Loves Her
One of our core values at TechherNG is learning. For anyone to achieve great success in a career; you must be passionate, consistent and willing to learn which is something we have in common with something Buolamwini said. “The willingness to learn is all you need to succeed in computer science. Everything else will come through the pursuit of the things that excite you. To improve your skills, volunteer for projects that will give you an opportunity to apply what you have learned and expand your knowledge base”
Information gleaned from the internet.