I am an HCI and ICTD (information communication technologies and development) researcher, currently leading forward-looking research on under-represented communities at the Next Billion Users team at Google. Some of my projects include:
- Gender Equity Online to create equitable technology for women (for e.g., only 29% of Indian Internet users are women–how can technology do better?).
- Google Station high-quality Wi-Fi for emerging markets.
- Datally mobile data management app to help prepaid users (also see SmartBrowse)
- Frameworks for technology design for emerging markets, Build for Billions, Google Design NBU collection, and Google I/O talks.
- Global accessibility design guidance: part 1, part 2, part 3.
I graduated with a Ph.D. from University of California, Irvine and an MS from Georgia Tech. My Ph.D. was funded by an ICS Dean’s fellowship and Google Anita Borg scholarship. I have interned at Microsoft Research India in Bangalore, Nokia Research Center in Tampere, and IBM TJ Watson Research Center in Hawthorne.
My work brings insightfulness that is a source of solving hard, socially important design and technical problems for people in the Global South, especially focused on increasing fairness and autonomy. I have worked on technology platforms in the domains of Wi-Fi access, energy infrastructure, prepaid data apps, caching platforms, crisis response, charitable giving, and civic engagement.
Photo credit: David Hutchful