Benedetta Piantella

Visiting Faculty
Country: Italy/USA

I am a designer turned humanitarian technologist. I have been involved in international development for the past ten years, ever since my experience of surviving the Tsunami in 2004. I have been teaching for the past decade different grades, from Lego Robotics to K-12 students to graduate students. I have founded two R&D companies focused on producing sustainable solutions to social problems worldwide and built partnerships with organizations such as the UN, UNICEF, The Millennium Villages Project, Universities such as NYU, Columbia, SVA and Princeton and multiple NGOs. I have designed, prototyped and deployed projects in countries such as Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
I am an Open Source advocate and love teaching workshops and classes around making, physical computing and technology for development all over the world!