Kurtis Heimerl is an assistant professor of Computer Science at the University of Washington working on Information and Communication Technology and International Development (ICTD), specifically universal Internet access. Before that, he received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, working under Professors Eric Brewer and Tapan Parikh. Kurtis cofounded Endaga, which joined Facebook in 2015. Kurtis has also published widely, including top conferences such as ICTD, CHI, and NSDI. He was a recipient of the 2014 MIT “35 under 35” award, the 2018 UW early career Diamond Award, and has won paper awards at CHI, CSCW, ASSETS, NSDI, and DySPAN.

Talk objectives: implementation of sustainable community cellular networks in rural infrastructures with limited resources, challenges faced when developing such system in harsh conditions, technology repair infrastructures.

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