”Knowledge is power! As a huge fan of Computer Science (CS) Education, I believe that making the CS learning journey fun, friendly, inclusive, and accessible is important in disseminating key information and impactful to communities within universities and beyond. The interfaces we design and use to capture information are essential in that journey. What we learn and how we do so impacts how we interact with and engage with the world.” Ecy King, Stanford

“In today’s world, getting a grip on privacy, data, and surveillance isn’t just smart—it’s essential for keeping our society safe and together, a core aspect to ensure public interest in technology.”
Nancy Lau, UC Santa Cruz


October 12th, 2023

Place: SPARK!@BU on 2nd floor at the BU CDS Building
Audience: Open to all

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm ET

POSTERS Exposition – Public Interest Technology Students Symposium – Promoted by Howard University and Boston University 

  • Poster: Disparity Between the Mental and Self-Health Rating of Teleworkers and Non-Teleworkers, Presenter: Joseph Jaiyeola
  • Poster: Examining Generative Image Models Amidst Privacy Regulations, Presenter: Hannah Ismael
  • Poster: “Fashion Foresight: Predicting Consumer Behavior through Runway Show Analysis”, Presenter: Aayushka Budhathoki and Surangana Aryal
  • Poster: “How Biased Is Your Dataset? Using VLM’s to Audit Geographic Representation in Indoor Scene Datasets”, Presenter: Morayo Adeyemi
  • Poster: “Experimenting with multimodal Automl: Detection and Evaluation of Alzheimer’s Disease”, Presenter: Ujjawal Shah
  • Poster: Mitigate, Enhance, Preserve, Educate – The Impact of Development on the Graniteville Wetlands, Presenter: GraceAnna Akparanta

2:30 pm to 3:30 pm ET

PANEL on Student Perspectives for Public Interest Technology – Promoted by PIT@ New America and Boston University 

In this panel, six students were selected to present on crucial topics to advance PIT within the academic community from a student perspective. This panel will be composed of the following presentations:

  • 10 min – Experience in Creating a PIT Learning Community, by Andrea Guifarro & Yamilet Vasquez, CUNY College of Staten Island
  • 10 min – Fostering Student Engagement for PIT, by Anjali Tandon, University of Michigan
  • 10 min – The Role of Civic Tech Hackathons For Involving Students In PIT, by Raniya Delil, Boston University
  • 10 min – Engaging the Academic and Surrounding Community in Fostering PIT, by Medhya Goel, Stanford University
  • 10 min – Making Computer Science education more accessible, fun, and inclusive – the Bit by Bit Experience, by Ecy King, Stanford University

2:30 to 4:00 pm ET

Public Interest Technology Students Symposium – Promoted by Howard University and Boston University 

  • Paper: Healthcare Drones on Reservations: Opportunities, Challenges, and Implications, by Lionel Gamath-Goubili, Arizona State University
  • Paper: Epistemic Injustice in Technology and Policy Design: Lessons from New York City’s Heat Complaints System, by Mohsin Yousufi, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Paper: Thinking Beyond Fairness: Applying Abolition Ecologies to Data, by Amelia Dogan, University of Washington
  • Paper: Driving Social Impact Harnessing Data: Addressing Social Problems through Public Interest Technology at Sewanee DataLab, by Ridhi Jhamb, University of Pennsylvania
  • Paper: “Fashion Foresight: Predicting Consumer Behavior through Runway Show Analysis”, by Aayushka Budhathoki and co-author

4:00 pm to 5:00 pm ET

CONVERSATION CIRCLES – Promoted by PIT@ New America and Boston University 

Conversation Circles student-led conversations are open for all the PIT UN Convening attendants. Within 1 hour, each conversation circle should last 40 minutes, followed by 20 minutes of highlights presentation from each group to the rest of the participants present locally.

  • Organizing student-driven public interest technology initiatives on college campuses. Co-Leads: Yamilet Vasquez and GraceAnna Akparanta, CUNY College of Staten Island, and Utsav Shah, Howard University
  • Fostering Student Engagement for PIT. Co-Leads: Anjali Tandon, University of Michigan, and Haley Jensen, San Jose State University
  • PIT Jobs and Careers Pathways Challenges and Opportunities. Co-Leads: Chinaza Okereke, Howard University
  • Impact and Uses of AI and ML for PIT and the Role of Students. Co-leads: Robel Kebede and Kritish Pokharel, Howard University
  • STEAM Gaps Among Educational Institutions, including Minority Institutions. Co-Leads: Aayushka Budhathoki, Howard University, and Ecy King, Stanford University and Louie Belile, Boston University
  • How to Frame Issues of Privacy, Data, Surveillance, and Society within the PIT Context. Co-Leads: Nancy Lau, UC Santa Cruz