Andrés Monroy-Hernández

Lead research scientist, Snap Inc.


Latin America




Andrés Monroy-Hernández is a social computing researcher, and product designer. Andrés was recognized for his work examining the use of social media during war and political uprisings; and for creating the Scratch Online Community at MIT—a website where millions of young people learn to program and remix games and animations. He is the co-founder of Sana—a mobile healthcare system for the developing world. Andrés spent five years as a researcher at Microsoft Research where, among other things, he led the team that created, a virtual scheduling assistant service powered by human and machine intelligence. 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, featured in The New York Times, CNN, Wired, NPR, BBC, and El País, among others. Andrés holds a PhD and a master’s from the MIT Media Lab, and a bachelor’s from the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico.

The MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge to become Economic Prosperity Challenge in 2020