Dr. Antwi Akom is an urban technologist with an extensive background in collaborative, community-facing technology projects, designing for the public good, and developing new models of urban innovation in the 21st century that make cities smarter, more equitable, just and sustainable. Currently, Dr. Akom is the Founding Director of the Social Innovation lab — a joint research lab between the University of California, San Francisco, and San Francisco State University. Dr. Akom is also an affiliate faculty member with UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations (CVP) at San Francisco General Hospital, where he researches and deploys new health information communication technologies that improve health literacy, health care delivery, digital literacies, and promote equitable health outcomes for vulnerable populations.
Prior to joining UCSF/CVP in 2016, Dr. Akom co-founded and launched a series of technology startups in the San Francisco Bay area, including, Streetwyze, which has been recognized by the White House, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Knight News Challenge, and Echoing Green, amongst others as one of the top 12 new innovative real time data platforms for vulnerable populations. Dr. Akom research and writing are often featured in award winning publications such as: the Atlantic’s City lab, The Root, Tech Republic, Green Biz, Tech Crunch, Ed Weekly, the Nation, and other award winning publications. His most recent TEDx Talk is called Innovation Out of Poverty https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvrLFgikLZQ.
Title: Co-founder, CEO, Professor