Andrés has been recognized for his work examining the use of social media during war and political uprisings; and for creating the Scratch Online Community—a website where millions of young people learn to program and remix video games and animations. He is also the co-founder of Sana—a mobile healthcare system for the developing world.
He was named one of the 35 Innovators under 35 by the MIT Technology Review (Spanish), one of CNET's most influential Latinos in Tech, and one of Boston's Emerging Leaders by the Boston Business Journal. His work has been awarded at Ars Electronica, the MacArthur Digital Media & Learning Competition, received best paper awards at CSCW and ICWSM, and featured in The New York Times, CNN, Wired, NPR, and El País, among others.
PhD in Media Arts and Sciences
Dissertation: Designing for Remixing — Supporting an Online Community of Amateur Creators
Master's in Media Arts and Sciences
Bachelor's in Computer Engineering
Social Computing, Social Media, Human-Computer Interaction, Civic Media, Urban Informatics, Youth and Media, Peer Production, Online Communities
Cambridge, MA Summer 2010
Examined young people's attitudes toward digital media reuse.
Supervisor: danah boyd, Senior Researcher
Cambridge, MA 2005-2011
Led a software development team, mentored students, and worked with corporate sponsors.
Supervisor: Mitchel Resnick, Professor
Newton, MA 2001-2005
Developed several versions of SFX – a web service that links scholarly databases.
Supervisor: Oren Beit-Arie, Chief Strategy Officer
Los Alamos, NM Fall 2000
Developed MyLibrary – a personalized web portal for library resources.
Supervisor: Richard Luce, Research Library Director
Monterrey, México 1999-2000
Implemented Z39.50 interoperability for a web-based digital repository.
Supervisor: David Garza-Salazar, Professor
In collaboration with Nathan Matias, Newspad explores new ways of supporting local community storytelling through collaborative event reporting. http://newspad.at
In collaboration with colleagues at FUSE Labs, we are experimenting with a tool that makes it easy to create and share image macros, borrowing the traditional aesthetics of Internet memes. http://picotale.so.cl
In collaboration with colleagues at FUSE Labs, Whooly is an experimental hyperlocal lens to Twitter. http://whooly.net
Created and maintained the Scratch Online Community: a large web site where children aged 8 to 16 create and share their own animations and video games. The web site receives more than 10 million page views per month, has more than 1 million registered members, and 3 million user-submitted projects. Collaborative work with the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT. http://scratch.mit.edu
Co-founded Sana, a mobile application that connects healthcare professionals with people in remote locations in the developing world. Created as part of the NextLab initiative at MIT and piloted in Zambia. Collaborative work with Leo Celi. http://sana.mit.edu
Monroy-Hernández, A. and Emma Spiro, (2013). How Brazilian protesters are using Twitter. The Guardian
Monroy-Hernández, A., (2011). Mexico murders show how Internet empowers, threatens. CNN Op-Ed
Monroy-Hernández, A., (2011). Shouting Fire in a Crowded Hashtag: Narco Censorship & "Twitteroristas" in Mexico's Drug Wars. The New York Times
Monroy-Hernández, A., (2011). Gritar fuego con un hashtag o las consecuencias del supuesto twitterrorismo. Nexos
Monroy-Hernández, A., Farnham, S., Kiciman, E., De Choudhury, M., Counts, S. (2013). Smart societies: from citizens as sensors to collective action. ACM interactions.
Monroy-Hernández, A., De Choudhury, M., Kiciman, E. , boyd, d., Counts, S. (2013). The New War Correspondents: The Rise of Civic Media Curation in Urban Warfare. In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW '13). (Summary)
Hu, Y., Farnham, S. , Monroy-Hernández, A. (2013). Whoo.ly: Facilitating Information Seeking For Hyperlocal Communities Using Social Media. In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '13). Best paper honorable mention. (Summary)
Hallacher, S., Rodenhouse, J. , Monroy-Hernández, A. (2013). Mixsourcing: Exploring Bounded Creativity as a Form of Crowdsourcing (poster and video). In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '13). (Summary)
Hill, B.M., Monroy-Hernández, A. (2013). The cost of collaboration for code and art: Evidence from a remixing community. In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW '13). Best paper award. (Summary)
Hill, B.M., Monroy-Hernández, A. (2013). The remixing dilemma: the trade-off between generativity and originality. In American Behavioral Scientist. (Summary)
Monroy-Hernández, A., Kiciman, E., boyd, d., Counts, S. (2012). Narcotweets: Social Media in Wartime. In Proceedings of the AAAI International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM '12)
Mustafaraj, E., Metaxas, P., Finn, S. Monroy-Hernández, A., (2012). Hiding in Plain Sight: A Tale of Trust and Mistrust inside a Community of Citizen Reporters. In Proceedings of the AAAI International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM '12)
Monroy-Hernández, A., Hill, B.M, González-Rivero, J., boyd, d. (2011). Computers can't give credit: How automatic attribution falls short in an online remixing community. In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '11). Best paper honorable mention. (Summary)
Bernstein, M.S., Monroy-Hernández, A., Harry, D., André, P., Panovich, K., Vargas, G. (2011). 4chan and /b/: An Analysis of Anonymity and Ephemerality in a Large Online Community. In Proceedings of the AAAI International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM '11). Best paper award.
Brennan, K., Monroy-Hernández, A., Resnick, M. (2011) Making Projects, Making Friends: Online Community as Catalyst for Interactive Media Creation. Journal of New Directions of Youth Development.
Nickerson, J.V., Monroy-Hernández, A. (2011). Appropriation and Creativity: User-initiated Contests in Scratch. In Proceedings of the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS '11)
Kafai, Y., Roque, R., Fields, D., Monroy-Hernández, A. (2011) Collaboration by Choice: Youth Online Creative Collabs in Scratch. In Proceedings of International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE '11)
Burke, W., Monroy-Hernández, A., Kafai, Y. (2011). Tagging in a Community of Media Creators: Practices that make programs popular in Scratch Online. In Proceedings of the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (AERA '11)
Monroy-Hernández, A., Dezuanni, M. and Kuikkaniei, K. (2010). Book Chapter: Media Literacy in the Facebook Age: Designing Online and Face to Face Learning Environments. In Araya, Breindl, Houghton (Eds.), Nexus: Intersections of Internet Research. New York: Peter Lang.
Monroy-Hernández, A. and Hill, B. M. (2010). Cooperation and attribution in an online community of young creators (poster paper). In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW '10).
Hill, B.M., Monroy-Hernández, A., Olson, K.R. (2010). Responses to remixing on a social media sharing website. In Proceedings of the AAAI International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM '10).
Seneviratne, O., Monroy-Hernández, A. (2010) Remix Culture on the Web: A Survey of Content Reuse on Different User-Generated Content Websites (poster paper). In Proceedings of Web Science Conference (Web Sci '10).
Monroy-Hernández, A. (2009). Designing a website for creative learning (poster paper). In Proceedings of Web Science Conference (Web Sci '09).
Aragon, C., Poon, S., Monroy-Hernández, A., and Aragon, D. (2009). A tale of two online communities: Fostering collaboration and creativity in scientists and children. In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Creativity and Cognition (C&C '09).
Resnick, M., Maloney, J., Monroy-Hernández, A., et al (2009). Scratch: Programming for All. Communications of the ACM, 52, 11, 60-67
Brennan, K., Monroy-Hernández, A., and Resnick, M. (2009). Scratch: Creating and sharing interactive media (workshop). In Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL '09).
Zuckerman, O., Blau, I., and Monroy-Hernández, A. (2009). Children's participation patterns in online communities: An analysis of Israeli learners in the scratch online community. Interdisciplinary Journal of E-Learning and Learning Objects, 5, 263-274.
Monroy-Hernández, A. and Resnick, M. (2008). Empowering kids to create and share programmable media. ACM interactions. vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 50-53.
Monroy-Hernández, A. (2007). ScratchR: sharing user-generated programmable media. In Proceedings of ACM Interaction Design and Children (IDC '07).
Di Giacomo, M., Mahoney, D., Bollen, J., Monroy-Hernández, A., and Ruiz, C. M. (2001) A personalization service for digital library environments. In Proceedings of the DELOS-NSF Workshop on Personalisation and Recommender Systems in Digital Libraries.
Society, Politics and the Algorithm: Social Science in the Lab. Invited speaker. MSR NE 5th Anniversary Symposium. Cambridge, MA. 2013.
Open Space and Place. Invited speaker. MIT Center for Civic Media Conference. Cambridge, MA. 2013.
Privacy in the Context of Crisis Information Flows. Panelist (with Megan Finn). Croudsourcing Crisis in the GeoWeb: A Critical Look. Association of American Geographers. Los Angeles, CA. 2013.
Designing for Remixing. Guest speaker. HCII Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 2013.
Understanding Mexico’s Epidemic of Violence: Telling Stories with New Media, Technology, and Big Data. Invited speaker. Cato Institute. Washington, DC. 2013.
Data Science Guest Lecture. University of Washington, Information School. Seattle, WA. 2012.
The New War Correspondents The Rise of Civic Media Curation in Urban Warfare. Invited speaker. Microsoft Research Technical Advisory Board Meeting. Sillicon Valley, CA. 2013.
The New War Correspondents: The Rise of Civic Media Curation in Urban Warfare. Guest lecture. University of Washington, DUB Seminar. Seattle, WA. 2012.
#Hashtags versus Talking Heads: How Mexicans are Using Social Media to Fight Narco-Censorship and Political Manipulation.. Invited speaker. Wellesley College. Wellesley, MA. 2012.
#Narcotweets: Reporting on the Mexican Drug War using Social Media. Invited speaker. Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University. Cambridge, MA. 2012.
Narcotweets: Social Media in War Time. Guest lecture at Civic Media class at MIT. Cambridge, MA. 2012.
Designing Creative Online Communities for Kids. Invited speaker. South by South West (SXSW). Austin, TX. 2012.
Designing for Remixing: Computer-supported Social Creativity (job talk). Yale University, Department of Computer Science; 2012.
Designing for Remixing: Computer-supported Social Creativity (job talk). University of Washington, Human Centered Design and Engineering Department. 2012.
Designing for Remixing: Computer-supported Social Creativity (job talk). University of Michigan, School of Information. 2012.
Designing for Remixing: Computer-supported Social Creativity (job talk). University of Washington, School of Information. 2012.
Designing for Remixing: Computer-supported Social Creativity (job talk). Northwestern University, School of Communication. 2012.
Designing for Remixing: Computer-supported Social Creativity. Invited speaker. Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University. Cambridge, MA. 2012.
Designing for Remixing: Computer-supported Social Creativity. Invited speaker. Microsoft Research. Redmond, WA. 2011.
Copyright and Freedom of Expression: The Social Impact of Communication Scholarship. Panelist at plenary session (with Steve Anderson, Francesca Coppa, Andrew Kenyon, and Jonathan Zittrain, and Patricia Aufderheide). Conference of the International Communication Association. Boston, MA 2011.
Kidgenuity: What We Can Learn from Kids Inventing Future Technology. Panelist (with Vanessa Van Petten, Steve Mushkin, and Audrey Watters). The ReadWriteWeb 2WAY Summit. New York, NY. 2011
The Politics of User-generated Content. Panelist (with Finn Brunton, JonathanMcIntsoh, and Mizuko Ito). Digital Media and Learning Conference. Long Beach, CA, 2011
Introduction to Social Computing. Invited speaker. Computer Science Department at The College of New Jersey. Ewing, NJ, 2010
Why You Sould Care about Social Computing. Invited speaker. Accelerate 2010: Discovering Web Innovation in Asia. Singapore, 2010
Copyrights and Copycats: Understanding Young People's Remixing Practices. Invited speaker. Microsoft Research New England. Cambridge, MA, 2010
Remixing and Online Communities. Invited speaker. Harvard-MIT-Yale Cyberscholars. Cambridge, MA, 2010
Reimagining Scratch, Reimagining Learning. Panelist (with Mitchel Resnick, Karen Brennan and Amon Millner), Scratch@MIT Conference. Cambridge, MA, 2010
Designing participatory spaces for young people. Panelist (with Michael Dezuanni, Kai Kuikamenei). Digital Media and Learning Conference. San Diego, 2010
Symposium on Cloud Intelligence. Invited speaker. Ars Electronica. Austria, 2009
Designing for Participation and Collaboration. Invited speaker. Computational Science and Engineering Seminars. Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. Berkeley, CA, 2009
Youth Online: Designing for Participation and Collaboration. Invited speaker. Harvard-MIT-Yale Cyberscholars. Cambridge, MA, 2009
Creativity and Media Literacy. Invited speaker. Digital Natives Forum. Berkman Center, Harvard. Cambridge, MA, 2008
Amateur Creativity. Invited speaker. Think Forward Event, Hallmark Cards, Inc. Kansas City, MO, 2008
Sharing Issues: Intellectual Property and Scratch. Panelist (with Judith Donath, Dan Pote, and Wendy Seltzer). Scratch@MIT Conference. Cambridge, MA, 2008
New Opportunities in Amateur Interactive Content. Invited speaker. Amateur Hour Conference. New York Law School. New York, NY, 2007
User-created Content: What are the Impacts? Invited speaker. Technology Foresight Forum on the Participative Web, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Strategies and Policies for the Future. Canada, 2007
Technology and Education. Invited speaker. Northeastern University, ACM Chapter. Boston, MA 2007
Creativity, Learning and Technology. Invited speaker. Pontificia Universidad Católica. Perú, 2007
Informal Introduction to Computing. Panelist (with Amon Millner, and Tamara Stern). Informatics, Mathematics, and ICT: a "golden triangle". Boston, MA, 2007
Sharing User-generated Programmable Media. Invited speaker. Omar Dengo Foundation, Costa Rica, 2007.
Cell Phones as Tool for Children as Social Scientists. Presenter (with Lis Sylvan). Boston Learning Technology Conference, Boston, MA, 2005
Microsoft Research launches Whooly localized Twitter project. Seattle Times. August, 2013.
Whooly turns Twitter into real-time community connector. The Fire Hose (Microsoft). August, 2013.
5 things you might like about NewsPad (which made us write this headline this way). Nieman Journalism Lab. July, 2013.
Los 8 jóvenes extraordinarios de México. GQ (Spanish). August, 2013.
Narcotuits y tecnologías web para empoderar al ciudadano. MIT Technology Review (Spanish). May, 2013.
Study: open source remixing seems to lead to less original work. Wired. May, 2013.
What makes a project remixable? Boing Boing. May, 2013.
In Mexico, tweeting about the drug war to fill the void of traditional media. Nieman Journalism Lab. March, 2013.
Mexico: Lethal Threats for Citizens Reporting on Drug Crimes. Global Voices. March, 2013.
Can data help break through Mexico's information blackout? Foregin Policy. March, 2013.
'War Correspondents' In Mexico Address Mainstream Media Shortcomings, Use Twitter To Spread Information. Tech Crunch. February, 2013.
What a map of Seattle looks like in the Twitterverse. Seattle Post-Intelligencer. February, 2013.
El narco mexicano pone precio a la cabeza de un tuitero: 36.000 euros. El País. February, 2013.
Twitter in Mexico's Drug Wars. ABC Radio. January, 2013.
Twitter: The Safest Place for Citizen Journalists in Mexico. Mashable. January, 2013.
Emerging Leader - Andrés Monroy-Hernández. Boston Business Journal. August, 2012.
In Mexico, Young Voices Challenge Results of Presidential Election. The New York Times. July, 2012.
In Mexico, Young Voices Challenge Results of Presidential Election. MIT Technology Review. June, 2012.
Can Tech-Savvy Activists Change Mexico's Presidential Elections? Tech President. June, 2012.
In Protests and Online, a Youth Movement Seeks to Sway Mexico’s Election. The New York Times. June, 2012.
Toll of Mexican Crime Wave, Written in Faces on the Wall. The New York Times. March, 2012.
Twitter: el reporte de la violencia en México. Radio Nederland. January, 2012.
Social Media in Mexico. Radio's Brian Lehrer Show. October, 2011.
Mexico Turns to Social Media for Information and Survival. The New York Times. September, 2011.
Latest battlefield in Mexico's drug war: Social media. CNN. September, 2011.
Mexico's Twitter 'terrorism' case sparks controversy. CNN. September, 2011.
Mexico’s drug cartels have new target: social media. The Toronto Star. September, 2011.
In Mexico, Social Media Become a Battleground in the Drug War. The New York Times. September, 2011.
Does Google+'s "real names only" policy make sense? Marketplace. National Public Radio. August, 2011
Scratch: Teaching the Difference Between Creating and Remixing. MindShift - How we will learn. National Public Radio. August, 2011.
Heres What 5 Million Posts on 4chan Look Like. Gawker. July, 2011.
From the Mouths of Babes: The Future of Tech is Robots and Real World Integration. ReadWriteWeb. June, 2011.
Apple Rejects Kid-Friendly Programming App. Wired. April, 2010.
The iPad Falls Short as a Creation Tool Without Coding Apps. Wired. March, 2010.
Playing Their Own Way. Technology Review. Technology Review. August, 2007.
Vivimos la era de la creatividad y pocos colegios se dan cuenta. El Comercio de Peru. June, 2007.
Research – Experience with qualitative and quantitative research.
Project Management – Hiring and managing technical teams.
Languages – Bilingual (English and Spanish).
CNET's Most Influential Latinos in Technology, 2013
MIT Technology Review in Spanish, TR35 Innovator under 35, 2013
Boston Business Journal, Emerging Leader, 2012
Harvard University, Berkman Fellowship, 2011-2012
Oxford Internet Institute, Scholarship, Summer Doctoral Program, 2009
Amazon.com Research Grant, 2009
MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition, 2008
Bradesco Fellowship, 2008
Samsung Fellowship, 2007
Telmex Fellowship, 2005, 2006
Excellence scholarship, Tecnológico de Monterrey, 1996
Finalist in the National Mathematical Olympiad, México, 1995
Nathan J. Matias, MIT Media Lab, MSR PhD intern – 2013
Emma Spiro, UCI Sociology, MSR PhD intern (now faculty at UW iSchool) – 2013
Yuheng Hu, ASU Computer Science, MSR PhD intern – 2012
Sarah Hallacher, NYU ITP, MSR intern – 2012
Rita Chen, MIT Computer Science, MEng advisee (now at Google) – 2010
Jared Dominguez, MIT Computer Science, MIT UROP – 2010
Jazmin González-Rivero, MSR high school intern (now at Olin College)– 2010
Han Xu, MIT Computer Science, MEng advisee – 2008
Chetan Supur, high school intern at MIT (now at UC Berkeley) – 2008
Ubong Ukoh's, MIT Computer Science, MIT UROP – 2007
Demos co-chair for AAAI ICWSM 2013.
Progam committee member for CSCW 2014.
Teaching Assistant. NextLab I: Designing Mobile Technologies for the Next Billion Users (MAS.965/6.976/SP.716), MIT, 2008. With Jhonatan Rotberg, Lecturer.
Designing for designers: Exploring ways in which online community settings support young people's participation as digital media creators. Digital Media and Learning Conference. Long Beach, CA, 2011.
Programming for middle-schoolers. DigiGirlz Event, Microsoft New England. Cambridge, MA, 2009
Scratch and robotics for educators. Bradesco Institute of Technology, Brazil, 2008
Scratch programming for facilitators of Telmex after-school centers. México, 2008.
Programming for the web with Scratch. Citizen School 11-week program for middle-schoolers. Cambridge, MA, 2007.
Interactive media programming and electronic creations, for coordinators of the Intel Computer Clubhouses. Costa Rica, 2007.
Systems Thinking with Flowblocks workshop for middle-schoolers. México, 2006
Integrating Art and Technology workshop for conference attendees. Highlands and Islands Enterprise. UK, 2006
PicoCrickets for educators. Centro de Cultura Digital. México, 2006
A couple of videos of talks and projects I've worked on.