Bringing Free Education to the World
Plenary talk by Luis von Ahn.
Luis’s latest venture, Duolingo, is a platform providing free language education to the world that was named Apple’s iPhone App of the Year 2013 and is now the most popular education app in the world on Android and iOS.
Duolingo has grown to be the largest language learning platform in the world, with over 100 million users via word of mouth alone.
Luis will describe what led him to create Duolingo, how its community is generating new free language courses collaboratively, how access to data is enabling the optimization of education in a way previously impossible and exciting new steps ahead in the way of democratizing access to language education.
Luis von Ahn is an entrepreneur and a computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University known as one of the pioneers of crowdsourcing. He is the inventor of CAPTCHAs and the founder of reCAPTCHA. He's a MacArthur Genius grant recipient and 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.