Andrés Monroy-Hernández
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Andrés Monroy-Hernández is a researcher in FUSE Labs at Microsoft Research and an affiliate faculty at the University of Washington. His work focuses on the study and design of social computing systems for creative collaboration and collective action.

Andrés has been recognized for his work examining the use of social media during war and political uprisings; and for creating the Scratch Online Community—a website where millions of young people learn to program and remix video games and animations. He is also the co-founder of Sana—a mobile healthcare system for the developing world.

Andrés holds a PhD from the MIT Media Lab, and a bachelor's from the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico.

He was named one of the 35 Innovators under 35 by the MIT Technology Review (Spanish), one of CNET's most influential Latinos in Tech, and one of Boston's Emerging Leaders by the Boston Business Journal. His work has been awarded at Ars Electronica, the MacArthur Digital Media & Learning Competition, received best paper awards at CHI, CSCW and ICWSM, and featured in The New York Times, CNN, Wired, NPR, and El País, among others.

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Social Computing, Social Media, Human-Computer Interaction, Civic Media, Urban Informatics, Youth and Media, Peer Production, Online Communities

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  • Newspad 2013

    In collaboration with Nathan Matias, Newspad explores new ways of supporting local community storytelling through collaborative event reporting. NewsPad

  • Picotale 2013

    In collaboration with colleagues at FUSE Labs, we are experimenting with a tool that makes it easy to create and share image macros, borrowing the traditional aesthetics of Internet memes.

  • Whooly 2013

    In collaboration with colleagues at FUSE Labs, Whooly is an experimental hyperlocal lens to Twitter.

  • Scratch Online Community 2007 - 2012

    Created and maintained the Scratch Online Community: a large web site where children aged 8 to 16 create and share their own animations and video games. The web site receives more than 10 million page views per month, has more than 1 million registered members, and 3 million user-submitted projects. Collaborative work with the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT.

  • Sana Mobile 2008

    Co-founded Sana, a mobile application that connects healthcare professionals with people in remote locations in the developing world. Created as part of the NextLab initiative at MIT and piloted in Zambia. Collaborative work with Leo Celi.




  • Collaborative News: From "Narcotweets" to Journalism-as-a-Service. Invited speaker . Stanford Human-Computer Interaction Seminar, Stanford, CA. 2014.

  • Fireside Chat: Discussing the Hard-hitting Problems. Panelist (with Qi Lu, Stuart Feldman, Pardha Pyla) . ACM Tapia Conference, Seattle, WA. 2014.

  • Mobilizing Social Media. Invited speaker. Get Mobile Forum by USC Annenberg and the California Endowment, Los Angeles, CA. 2014.

  • The LOLs of Nations: Understanding Global Memes. Panelist. South by South West (SXSW), Austin, TX. 2014.

  • From Narcotweets to Newspad. Invited speaker. UW Department of Communications, Seattle, WA. 2013.

  • The Rise of Citizen News Reporting in Urban Warfare. Invited speaker. UC Irvine, Informatics Seminar. Irvine, CA. 2013.

  • Society, Politics and the Algorithm: Social Science in the Lab. Invited speaker. MSR NE 5th Anniversary Symposium. Cambridge, MA. 2013.

  • Walk this Town: Perspectives on the Design of a Healthy City. Invited speaker. Pecha Kucha. Seattle, WA. 2013.

  • Open Space and Place. Invited speaker. MIT Center for Civic Media Conference. Cambridge, MA. 2013.

  • Privacy in the Context of Crisis Information Flows. Panelist (with Megan Finn). Croudsourcing Crisis in the GeoWeb: A Critical Look. Association of American Geographers. Los Angeles, CA. 2013.

  • Designing for Remixing. Guest speaker. HCII Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 2013.

  • Understanding Mexico’s Epidemic of Violence: Telling Stories with New Media, Technology, and Big Data. Invited speaker. Cato Institute. Washington, DC. 2013.

  • Data Science Guest Lecture. University of Washington, Information School. Seattle, WA. 2012.

  • The New War Correspondents The Rise of Civic Media Curation in Urban Warfare. Invited speaker. Microsoft Research Technical Advisory Board Meeting. Sillicon Valley, CA. 2013.

  • The New War Correspondents: The Rise of Civic Media Curation in Urban Warfare. Guest lecture. University of Washington, DUB Seminar. Seattle, WA. 2012.

  • #Hashtags versus Talking Heads: How Mexicans are Using Social Media to Fight Narco-Censorship and Political Manipulation.. Invited speaker. Wellesley College. Wellesley, MA. 2012.

  • #Narcotweets: Reporting on the Mexican Drug War using Social Media. Invited speaker. Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University. Cambridge, MA. 2012.

  • Narcotweets: Social Media in War Time. Guest lecture at Civic Media class at MIT. Cambridge, MA. 2012.

  • Designing Creative Online Communities for Kids. Solo presenter. South by South West (SXSW). Austin, TX. 2012.

  • Designing for Remixing: Computer-supported Social Creativity (job talk). Yale University, Department of Computer Science; 2012.

  • Designing for Remixing: Computer-supported Social Creativity (job talk). University of Washington, Human Centered Design and Engineering Department. 2012.

  • Designing for Remixing: Computer-supported Social Creativity (job talk). University of Michigan, School of Information. 2012.

  • Designing for Remixing: Computer-supported Social Creativity (job talk). University of Washington, School of Information. 2012.

  • Designing for Remixing: Computer-supported Social Creativity (job talk). Northwestern University, School of Communication. 2012.

  • Designing for Remixing: Computer-supported Social Creativity. Invited speaker. Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University. Cambridge, MA. 2012.

  • Designing for Remixing: Computer-supported Social Creativity. Invited speaker. Microsoft Research. Redmond, WA. 2011.

  • Copyright and Freedom of Expression: The Social Impact of Communication Scholarship. Panelist at plenary session (with Steve Anderson, Francesca Coppa, Andrew Kenyon, and Jonathan Zittrain, and Patricia Aufderheide). Conference of the International Communication Association. Boston, MA 2011.

  • Kidgenuity: What We Can Learn from Kids Inventing Future Technology. Panelist (with Vanessa Van Petten, Steve Mushkin, and Audrey Watters). The ReadWriteWeb 2WAY Summit. New York, NY. 2011

  • The Politics of User-generated Content. Panelist (with Finn Brunton, JonathanMcIntsoh, and Mizuko Ito). Digital Media and Learning Conference. Long Beach, CA, 2011

  • Introduction to Social Computing. Invited speaker. Computer Science Department at The College of New Jersey. Ewing, NJ, 2010

  • Why You Sould Care about Social Computing. Invited speaker. Accelerate 2010: Discovering Web Innovation in Asia. Singapore, 2010

  • Copyrights and Copycats: Understanding Young People's Remixing Practices. Invited speaker. Microsoft Research New England. Cambridge, MA, 2010

  • Remixing and Online Communities. Invited speaker. Harvard-MIT-Yale Cyberscholars. Cambridge, MA, 2010

  • Reimagining Scratch, Reimagining Learning. Panelist (with Mitchel Resnick, Karen Brennan and Amon Millner), Scratch@MIT Conference. Cambridge, MA, 2010

  • Designing participatory spaces for young people. Panelist (with Michael Dezuanni, Kai Kuikamenei). Digital Media and Learning Conference. San Diego, 2010

  • Symposium on Cloud Intelligence. Invited speaker. Ars Electronica. Austria, 2009

  • Designing for Participation and Collaboration. Invited speaker. Computational Science and Engineering Seminars. Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Berkeley, CA, 2009

  • Youth Online: Designing for Participation and Collaboration. Invited speaker. Harvard-MIT-Yale Cyberscholars. Cambridge, MA, 2009

  • Creativity and Media Literacy. Invited speaker. Digital Natives Forum. Berkman Center, Harvard. Cambridge, MA, 2008

  • Amateur Creativity. Invited speaker. Think Forward Event, Hallmark Cards, Inc. Kansas City, MO, 2008

  • Sharing Issues: Intellectual Property and Scratch. Panelist (with Judith Donath, Dan Pote, and Wendy Seltzer). Scratch@MIT Conference. Cambridge, MA, 2008

  • New Opportunities in Amateur Interactive Content. Invited speaker. Amateur Hour Conference. New York Law School. New York, NY, 2007

  • User-created Content: What are the Impacts? Invited speaker. Technology Foresight Forum on the Participative Web, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Strategies and Policies for the Future. Canada, 2007

  • Technology and Education. Invited speaker. Northeastern University, ACM Chapter. Boston, MA 2007

  • Creativity, Learning and Technology. Invited speaker. Pontificia Universidad Católica. Perú, 2007

  • Informal Introduction to Computing. Panelist (with Amon Millner, and Tamara Stern). Informatics, Mathematics, and ICT: a "golden triangle". Boston, MA, 2007

  • Sharing User-generated Programmable Media. Invited speaker. Omar Dengo Foundation, Costa Rica, 2007.

  • Cell Phones as Tool for Children as Social Scientists. Presenter (with Lis Sylvan). Boston Learning Technology Conference, Boston, MA, 2005



  • Research – Experience with qualitative and quantitative research.

  • Technical – Large-scale data-driven web architecture, LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP, Perl, Python), HTML/JavaScript, data manipulation & analysis (scripting, SQL, R).

  • Project Management – Hiring and managing technical teams.

  • Languages – Bilingual (English and Spanish).


  • CNET's Most Influential Latinos in Technology, 2013

  • MIT Technology Review in Spanish, TR35 Innovator under 35, 2013

  • Boston Business Journal, Emerging Leader, 2012

  • Harvard University, Berkman Fellowship, 2011-2012

  • Oxford Internet Institute, Scholarship, Summer Doctoral Program, 2009

  • Research Grant, 2009

  • MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition, 2008

  • Bradesco Fellowship, 2008

  • Samsung Fellowship, 2007

  • Telmex Fellowship, 2005, 2006

  • Excellence scholarship, Tecnológico de Monterrey, 1996

  • Finalist in the National Mathematical Olympiad, México, 1995


  • Nathan J. Matias, MIT Media Lab, MSR PhD intern – 2013

  • Emma Spiro, UCI Sociology, MSR PhD intern (now faculty at UW iSchool) – 2013

  • Yuheng Hu, ASU Computer Science, MSR PhD intern – 2012

  • Sarah Hallacher, NYU ITP, MSR intern – 2012

  • Rita Chen, MIT Computer Science, MEng advisee (now at Google) – 2010

  • Jared Dominguez, MIT Computer Science, MIT UROP – 2010

  • Jazmin González-Rivero, MSR high school intern (now at Olin College)– 2010

  • Han Xu, MIT Computer Science, MEng advisee – 2008

  • Chetan Supur, high school intern at MIT (now at UC Berkeley) – 2008

  • Ubong Ukoh's, MIT Computer Science, MIT UROP – 2007



  • Teaching Assistant. NextLab I: Designing Mobile Technologies for the Next Billion Users (MAS.965/6.976/SP.716), MIT, 2008. With Jhonatan Rotberg, Lecturer.

  • Workshop Facilitator.

    • Designing for designers: Exploring ways in which online community settings support young people's participation as digital media creators. Digital Media and Learning Conference. Long Beach, CA, 2011.

    • Programming for middle-schoolers. DigiGirlz Event, Microsoft New England. Cambridge, MA, 2009

    • Scratch and robotics for educators. Bradesco Institute of Technology, Brazil, 2008

    • Scratch programming for facilitators of Telmex after-school centers. México, 2008.

    • Programming for the web with Scratch. Citizen School 11-week program for middle-schoolers. Cambridge, MA, 2007.

    • Interactive media programming and electronic creations, for coordinators of the Intel Computer Clubhouses. Costa Rica, 2007.

    • Systems Thinking with Flowblocks workshop for middle-schoolers. México, 2006

    • Integrating Art and Technology workshop for conference attendees. Highlands and Islands Enterprise. UK, 2006

    • PicoCrickets for educators. Centro de Cultura Digital. México, 2006


  • A couple of videos of talks and projects I've worked on.