Walter Bender is a Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Sorcero, a Senior Scientist in the MIT School of Architecture, and the author of “Learning to Change the World.” Bender is the founder of Sugar Labs and co-founded One Laptop per Child with Nicholas Negroponte and Seymour Papert. As Director of the MIT Media Laboratory from 2000 to 2006, Bender oversaw an annual budget of $40 million and led a team of researchers in fields as varied as tangible media to affective computing. He was also a founding member of the MIT Media Lab, where he held the Alexander W. Dreyfoos Chair. In 1992, Bender founded the MIT News in the Future consortium, launching the era of digital news. Bender is the past president of the Industrial Arts and Method Foundation. Bender received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1977 and a master’s degree from MIT in 1980.
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