The Computer History Museum, with support from the Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, has awarded the inaugural Patrick J. McGovern Foundation Tech for Humanity Changemakers Prize to Mercy Nyamewaa Asiedu and Michael Bernstein. The two technology for social good innovators were awarded a total $100,000 for their dedication to tech for good, their future promise, and the potential impact of their projects.
Mercy Nyamewaa Asiedu is a Bioengineer and Schmidt Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT. Her project will develop a data-driven, personalized mobile health platform for chronic disease management in sub-Saharan Africa, and improve access to low-cost, artificial intelligence-based cervical cancer diagnostic tools globally.
Michael Bernstein, Stanford Computer Science Professor. His project aims to reduce bias in technology by developing a jury-based approach to artificial intelligence and machine learning that considers diverse perspectives. It includes a public-awareness website and open-source models for companies.
The awards honor the visionary legacy of Patrick J. McGovern (1937-2014) who was a founding board member of CHM’s precursor, The Computer Museum.