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ACM will present the 2007 Eugene Lawler Award to Randy Wang and the Digital Study Hall team for innovative use of cost-effective digital technology that helps improve the education of underserved children in South Asia. Wang’s vision was for a system that harvested community-generated videos of the best grassroots teachers to help schools in urban slums and rural areas in India.
Wang was a Ph.D. student of UW CSE professor Tom Anderson. A number of the concepts of Digital Study Hall were framed during Wang’s visits to UW, and a number of UW students and faculty participated in the project in various ways.