Benjamin Cole

I'm a versatile product leader with a track record of developing software with a global social impact. I'm known for resolving conflicts and synthesizing viewpoints into coherent solutions.

These days, I spend my time building new technology for Google's social impact group. Through products like One Today, we aim to empower users to connect with causes in meaningful ways.


MPhil in Advanced Computer Science
Trinity College, Cambridge University
Awards: Gates Scholarship, Academic Distinction

BS in Information Science
Cornell University
Awards: Summa Cum Laude, Quill and Dagger Senior Honor Society

Undergraduate Study Abroad
St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University


At Cambridge, I worked with the Digital Technology Group to build a prototype mobile application aimed at helping first responders conduct more targeted searches for disaster victims.

At Cornell, I worked with the Web Lab and the Interaction Design Lab. I also did research for Google and Facebook, completing a mix of data-centered research and qualitative usability work.


Aside from all the work, I enjoy going on adventures, exploring new places, and meeting interesting people. My hobbies include biking, running, and rock climbing.

I also enjoy writing, mostly about my own experiences. Since I moved to Africa, I've been keeping a chronicle of my adventures and blogging about technology for the Huffington Post.

Work Experience - Mobile Product Lead

Google - Technology Pioneer

Facebook - Research Scientist Intern

Cornell - Teaching Assistant (CS 211, CS 285, Info 320, and Info 515)

Google - UX Researcher Intern

IBM - Logistics Analyst Intern