Benjamin Cole

Hi, my name is Ben. I'm an explorer, technologist, and adventurer. These days, I spend my time building new technology for Google.org. Google.org creates technology aimed at addressing global challenges.

Previously, I worked on Google's emerging markets team as a Technology Pioneer, traveling the world and launching new products.

Education

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

Research

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.

Miscellaneous

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

Google - Technology Pioneer

Facebook - Research Scientist Intern

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

Google - UX Researcher Intern

HWH PR - Account Executive Intern

IBM - Logistics Analyst Intern