Joy Buolamwini, Founder: Code For Rights

Joy Buolamwini is piloting the Rhodes Scholar Service Year by launching Code For Rights (CFR), a technology education business. CFR builds on her work establishing Zamrize as a Fulbright Fellow after earning her computer science degree summa cum laude from the Georgia Institute of Technology. 1000s of mobile devices in Zambia are preloaded with health and information apps created with the Zamrize curriculum, including a Women’s Rights app that is available to millions of Airtel subscribers. As a Google Scholar and Astronaut Scholar, her past work includes research on robotics and autism along with developing digital tools for global health initiatives.


She graduated with distinction from Oxford University with a Master’s degree in Education (Learning & Technology) and is endorsed by the University as a graduate entrepreneur.

Confessions of a Unicorn:

Starting a company with friends can be a wonderful experiences, but there are caveats to consider. When Joy launched Techturized with 3 other classmates with backgrounds in computer science and chemical engineering, they felt destined to revolutionize the hair care industry. They were dubbed the "unicorns" at a startup meetup where their business concept and bold hairstyles made statements beyond cash flow. This talk explores what Joy learned about collaboration from Atlanta to Lusaka Zambia and finally to Oxford as she launched three startups in a variety of entrepreneurial ecosystems with a varied cast of co-founders and teams.

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