Markus is a senior researcher for Alpha Telefonica and has started Mooqita during his time as a visiting scholar at the International Computer Sience Institute and the University of California Berkeley. He is a designer and a computer scientist but his secret love are humans and the way they think, act, and reflect.
Doris is a Computer Scientist with a background in Networking and Network Security. She has a passion for making education and technology the basis of new opportunities for everyone. She believes Mooqita is the tool to create a win-win situation for companies and people.
Ryan is a MBA student at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. He has expertise in talent acquisition and talent development, having worked in HR at a global investment bank prior to his MBA.
Co-Founder, Researcher/Board Director
Jay is a PhD student at Open Lab, Newcastle University whose research explores how metadata and direct annotation on original media recordings can support meaningful reuse and consumption. This research has been applied within classrooms across a range of contexts, e.g. to support peer-led learning of interview techniques.
Jan D. Smeddinck
Jan is a postdoc visiting scholar at the International Computer Science Institute at Berkeley. His interests are in human-computer interaction and learning from interactions. As a board director of the not-for-profit Mooqita.org he advises the project and aims to support Mooqita in bringing education and work closer together.
Anna is an undergraduate student studying computer science at UC Santa Cruz. She has a passion for education and technology and believes that the two can be integrated to create a more efficient learning environment.
Celina has a BFA in Graphic Design and an eye for details. She believes practicality and beauty are symbiotic and good design has the power to eliminate the dilemma between form and function.
Our Colleagues Around the Globe
Our team is as colorful and diverse as our project.
Advisor & Skydeck Mentor
With nearly twenty years in the tech world, Abby Kearns is a true veteran of the industry. As Executive Director of Cloud Foundry Foundation, Abby helms the ecosystem of developers, users and applications running on Cloud Foundry, and works closely with the Board to drive the Foundation’s vision and grow the open source project.
Steven P. Dow
Steven is an Assistant Professor of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego where he researches human-computer interaction, social computing, human computation, and creativity. Riding waves in his spare time.
As a mathematician, roboticist, and National Science Foundation fellow at UC Berkeley, he developed fundamentally new techniques to bring fairness and accuracy to the practice of crowdsourcing, as well as teaching undergraduate coursework in enterpreneurship.
Pascal C. Weinberger
Pascal is a Senior Researcher at Telefonica Alpha and spends his time diving deep into computational neuroscience and machine-learning. He worked with Google's Brain Project, is actively investing and advising Startups, and is a leader for kairossociety.com and endeavor.org.
Magie is an Assistant Professor of IT Innovation at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. She received her PhD in Industrial Engineering focusing on Social Computing from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology. Her research investigates the integration of the digital lifestyle using a combination of quantitative and qualitative approaches.
Claudia is Professor at the Web Information Systems group, Delft University of Technology. Claudia happily dives into new research areas and together with three PhD students she works on large-scale learning analytics and how to incorporate search into the learning process at scale.
Tom is studying Cognitive Science, Human-Computer Interaction, and Game Design at Carnegie Mellon University. He design better things for people to enjoy drawing from psychology and cognitive science.
Rana is a team leader at the DesignX Lab at SAP. His goal is to craft useful experiences ranging from visionary and highly constrained. He speaks occasionally, writes often, teaches regularly about his discipline of interest : interaction design.
Julia's current projects mostly involve computer science education, especially about the social impacts of computing. Bad habits include cognitive linguistics, UI crit, qualitative data analysis, and rabble-rousing. She has opinions about MOOCs.
Clemens is passionate about technology and believes that it's potential is not yet exploited. Following his studies on Industrial Engineering he now pursues an interdisciplinary PhD program on automatization, optimization and scheduling in Germany.
Visiting Student Researcher
I'm studying for a Digital Civics PhD in Human-Computer Interaction at Newcastle University. I have a strong interest in researching technology design for community learning and organised action regarding sensitive topics.
Visiting Student Researcher
I have a background of videogame and mobile app development. I'm currently studying for my PhD at Newcastle University, where I'm researching how mobile learning technologies can be used to support learner agency and the sharing of cultural heritage.
Visiting Student Researcher
I am a computing science PhD student at Newcastle University, focusing on ubiquitous computing, attention and distraction, especially in the context of home. I am also interested in how technology can support and embrace various cultures across the world.
Yu is an alumni of the Berkeley School of Information. He is interested in computer supported collaborative learning and making learning more effective and fun.
Jiaojiao was an intern in the Design Lab at UC San Diego. She worked with us on making sure our students enjoyed their stay on our experiments websites.
Dawid is a graduate student in CompSci & Intelligent Systems. He is interested in making bureaucracy more efficient and work more interesting using cognitive systems.