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March 8, 2023

Productizing Data for Humanitarian Aid Applications | Kathryn Hymes

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Kathryn Hymes, Lead of Product and Innovation, Médecins Sans Frontières-USA presents the Technical Vision Talk “Productizing Data for Humanitarian Aid Applications”. In humanitarian efforts focused on delivering medical interventions in low-resource settings, there are many opportunities for data science to improve decision-making and produce valuable insights, both on the ground and in long-term operations. This talk will focus on product approaches to data that support insights for long-term engagement with some of the work of Médecins Sans Frontières, a global aid organization focused on public health.

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Technologist, Computational Linguist, and Game Designer

Kathryn Hymes is a technologist, computational linguist, and game designer. She currently serves as the lead of product and innovation at Médecins Sans Frontières-USA. She leads a humanitarian tech team building new products rooted in modern engineering practice to aid in MSF’s global work. Previously she was the head of international product expansion at Slack and an advisor at Airtable. She is a fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society with a focus on how playful design can contribute to a better digital life. Kathryn is a co-founder of Thorny Games (, an award-winning design studio that regularly collaborates with universities, nonprofits and museums to apply playful design to hard problems. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, Wired, and The New York Times. Kathryn holds an MS in Computational and Mathematical Engineering from Stanford, an MA in Linguistics from Stanford, and a BS in Math from UCLA.