From comics to animations to reaching different cultures. Today's CONVERGE speakers will share their experiences about reaching diverse audience, cultures, and interests.
Jorge Cham (PhD Comics)
- Jorge is the creator of “PHD Comics”, the popular comic strip about life (or the lack thereof) in Academia. He is also the co-founder of PHDtv, a video science and discovery outreach collaborative, and a founding board member of Endeavor College Prep, a non-profit school for kids in East L.A. He earned his Ph.D. in Robotics from Stanford University and was an Instructor and Research Associate at Caltech from 2003-2005. He is originally from Panama.
- To read his comic strip, click here.
- To learn about the research he used to do, click here.
- Read his profile in Science Magazine.
Heather Bailey (TranslateHouse.org)
- From the start of her career, Heather was concerned by the inequality and injustice in South Africa. From her early days in fashion design and retail buying she was already finding herself involved in small businesses and fair trade for South African crafters.
- South Africa has 11 official languages making it rich in cultural diversity and challenges. Heather helped setup Translate to embrace this diversity in a time of liberation in the country’s history. The first focus was translating OpenOffice.org and Firefox to allow non-English speakers access to technology in their language. This had a great affect on other prominent software vendors starting to translate their software. As a result of this work Translate began building open source tools that could assist translators to translate more effectively.
- Her next project was setting up ANLoc, the African Network of Localisers, building relationships with like-minded people working in languages across Africa.
- Heather also works with the Rosetta Foundation, a global network of volunteer translators. The Rosetta Foundation’s aim is to enable access to information in your own language, a fundamental human right.