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1 Computer scientists can solve the worlds biggest problems. Nicki Dell Computer Science and Engineering University of Washington

2 I was born in Africa.

3 I was born in Zimbabwe.

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5 I grew up in Zimbabwe, Africa

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7 I grew up in Harare, Zimbabwe, Africa

8 Computer classes in elementary school I went to one of the best schools in the country. My elementary school had 400 students. We had one 40 minute computer class per week.

9 Computer classes in elementary school

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11 Computer studies in high school My high school had about 800 students. Only 15 out of 150 students in my year were allowed to take the computer studies course. The other options were cookery, needlework and art. Everyone had to take an aptitude test and be invited to take the course.

12 Computer studies in high school 2-year course with a project and a big exam. Very old PCs running Windows 3.1. Programmed in COBOL.

13 After leaving high school

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19 Computer science will be critical in solving the worlds biggest problems.

20 I want to help solve the worlds biggest problems.

21 Computing for Development Study how technology can improve the lives of people in the poorest regions of the world. Build computer systems that solve problems in developing regions.

22 What are some of these big problems?

23 How can we build computer systems to solve them?

24 Access to healthcare

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29 How can technology help?

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34 Automatic disease diagnosis on smartphones

35 What are some of the other areas where technology can improve lives?

36 Access to education

37 Access to information

38 Finance Communication Energy Agriculture

39 Computer science will be critical in solving the worlds biggest problems.

40 I am here because I want to help solve those problems.

41 Computer science will be critical in solving the worlds biggest problems. You could be too. I am here because I want to help solve those problems.

42 Thanks for listening


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