2016 Pioneer in Tech Award Recipient Cynthia Solomon

Cynthia Solomon’s focus has been on creating fun-filled, thoughtful, personally expressive, and aesthetically pleasing learning environments for children. Her work has spanned several important collaborations, including her four-decade-long collaboration on Logo, the first programming language and programming environment designed specifically for children. In the course of building Logo and its successor learning environments, Cynthia was a founder of Logo Computer Systems and directed the development of Apple Logo, the first commercial version of Logo. In addition, her seminal book, “Computer Environments for Children,” was the first comprehensive reflection on computers in education, and her paper with Seymour Papert, “Twenty Things to do with a Computer,” is a classic in the field.

Cynthia received a BA in History at Radcliffe College, a MA in Computer Science from Boston University, and a PhD in Education at Harvard University. She serves on the program committees of Constructing Modern Knowledge and the Marvin Minsky Institute on Artificial Intelligence.

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