Portrait of Andrés Monroy-Hernández

Andrés Monroy-Hernández



Andrés Monroy-Hernández is a researcher in FUSE Labs at Microsoft Research and an affiliate faculty at the University of Washington. His work focuses on the study and design of social computing systems. Research topics include crowdsourcing, peer production, remixing, civic tech, urban computing, and online learning.

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 games and animations. He is also the co-founder of Sana—a mobile healthcare system for the developing world.

Andrés holds a PhD and a master’s from the MIT Media Lab, and a bachelor’s from the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico.

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 several academic conferences (CHI, CSCW, HCOMP, ICWSM), and featured in The New York Times, CNN, Wired, NPR, BBC, and El País, among others.


Worker Dispatch

Established: November 28, 2015

This research project investigates the design of an open source peer economy platform designed with and for service providers. This project is an early prototype of a worker dispatch system. This app was developed using Ionic. The original source code was released under MIT license, and forked and maintaned by Ali Alkhatib in this repository. Ali was the lead the developer of this prototype during his internship at FUSE Labs. This research project investigates the…


Established: February 1, 2015

Calendar.help is a service that allows people to delegate their scheduling tasks to their own virtual scheduling assistant. Scheduling a meeting is as simple as adding Cortana to the Cc: line on an email. From there, Cortana takes care of the time-consuming coordination needed to find a time that works for all the attendees. The technology behind Calendar.help was developed at Microsoft Research and later shipped as a joint project with the Outlook team. The service is…

Microtasks and Microproductivity

Established: January 1, 2015

As people's time becomes increasingly fragmented, getting tasks accomplished becomes more and more challenging. In this project we are investigating ways of decomposing larger tasks into smaller microtasks that leverage the micromoments that exist sporadically during a person's day. Our goal is to provide new ways of accomplished smaller goals that contribute towards larger productivity, in addition or as an alternative to setting aside large chunks of uninterrupted time. Currently we are focusing on writing as an…

Journeys and Notes

Established: June 15, 2014

An app that lets people check-in to the commuting trips that they take, and communicate with their fellow travelers. The app for the locations we pass through on the way to where we're going. When we’re stuck in traffic on our way home from work, or riding the subway surrounded by the same familiar strangers each morning, we’re at non-places. We’ll be demoing an app that aims to cultivate the latent communities around non-places by…


Established: April 13, 2014

NewsPad is a collaborative news editor designed to empower small communities to write articles collaboratively through: community sourcing, structured stories, and the ability to embed the story anywhere The source code is freely available under an Apache license at GitHub.


Established: April 3, 2014

Eventful helps produce news reports using hybrid crowds (online and offline). Eventful automatically recruits and guides crowd workers who attend events in person to perform information collection missions. Eventful explores and hopes to problematize the concept of "journalism as a service."










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Minecraft Educators Summit: Learning


April 8, 2015


Andres Monroy-Hernandez, Alex Leavitt, Mimi Ito, Brendon Trombley, Michael Dezuanni, Ricarose Roque, Deirdre Quarnstrom, and Vu Bui


Microsoft, USC, University of California, Irvine, Institute of Play, Queensland University of Technology, MIT Media Lab, Mojang

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Audience Choice Talks (Torch Club)


January 24, 2014


Hilary Mason, Steve Lawson, Nancy Chen, Hugo Liu, Emma Spiro, Andres Monroy-Hernandez, David Sasaki, and Sebastian Deterding


Accel, UC Santa Cruz, Hunch/eBay, University of Washington, Microsoft Research, Omidyar Network, Rochester Institute of Technology

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Civic Media


January 23, 2014


Andres Monroy Hernandez, David Sasaki, Milicent Johnson, Jorge Soto, Eva Galperin, and Ethan Zuckerman


MIT, Omidyar Network, Peers.org, National Digital Strategy