^ Somewhere in between San Francisco and Mars.
Hi, I'm Sara
Doing things I enjoy and things I'm scared of.
Every child deserves learning opportunities so I'm spending a lot of time figuring out how to do this at scale.
Initially dreamt of building a school in my parents’ village but I now realise this is not an efficient means of addressing knowledge inequality (schooling ≠ quality education).
Throughout my degree, I tried to gain as much experience as I could (in tech) but would also volunteer in education work. At Cisco in Silicon Valley, I volunteered with colleagues to run a social innovation class for 10-11-year-olds. At Amazon Kindle, I volunteered on a project encouraging children to write and publish their work on Kindle.
I attended UCL's Computer Science summer school in 2013 and in 2018, I graduated first-class from an Business/Comp sci degree,
on the UCL London Opportunity and Provost Excellence scholarships. I wrote my dissertation on the digital divide + ethical engineering. I still have some questions as to what education even looks like for a child in an unconnected rural village and how can technology help here with child development.
In 2019, I collected donations of edtech resources to set up IT workshops in Eritrea, teaching 300 kids how to build computers/code. I want to test more of these workshops, specifically for out-of-school children and refugee youth.
In September 2019, I was awarded
ICT Young Leader by UN's ITU (International Telecommunication Union) in Busan, South Korea.
I then worked at Stemettes (a charity which encourages girls to pursue STEM careers) as a data analyst and as a digital researcher
I've just completed an MSc Education (Child Development) @ Oxford whilst working 3 part time jobs, studying how tech-enhanced learning can affect refugee child development (self-efficacy/esteem). I'm building Ambessa Play
which aims to demystify and diversify STEM.
💫 Leaving you with Rilke 💫
What we choose to fight is so tiny!
What fights us is so great!
If only we would let ourselves be dominated
as things do by some immense storm,
we would become strong too, and not need names.
AnitaB.org 'Pass It On' Award Winner 2020: Grant to run STEM workshops in East Africa for young girls in 2021;
UN International Telecommunications Union's Young ICT Leader 2019, Challenge winner in Busan, South Korea;
London Opportunity Scholarship 2014-2018: For first generation students from low income families;
UCL Provost’s Excellence Scholarship 2014;
JISC Conference: March 13, 2019 - Manchester, UK, Session on next generation digital learning environments;
Micro:bit Live: October 5, 2019 - Manchester, UK, lightning presentations;
UCL, Berlin: November, 2019 - Berlin, Germany - Future of technology panel;
Teaches with: LEGO WeDo, Dash, Scratch, micro:bits, Kano laptops, MERGE VR/AR, Bitsbox
Things that make me happy: going to the movies, cooking, skateboarding, yoga, tacos, taking photos on film, ice cream [pistachio], reading President Jimmy Carter's letter in the Voyager Spacecraft