|Mr. Gene Kogan is a programmer who is interested in open source software and low-cost technology, with applications to education, media art and data visualization. He is researching emerging trends in technology development. He was born in Ukraine in the former U.S.S.R. and emigrated to the U.S. at age four. He earned a B.S. in applied mathematics at Columbia University, New York in 2008. After graduating, he worked as a researcher and analyst at a New York-based startup. Since 2010, he has worked primarily as a freelance software developer in media technology and art. In his spare time, he is pursuing a hobby as a media artist and teaches classes at the intersection of art and computer programming.
Mr. Kogan’s Fulbright research project, “Grassroots open source development and high tech design in India through the ‘Smart Cities’ program at the Srishti School of Art, Design, & Technology,” will involve his participation at the creative technology incubator, Jaaga, as he researches the strategy and social impact of this grassroots movement, which promotes low-cost and open source development and initiates new projects to implement networked and data-driven cross-media applications to innovate urban design and developmental engineering.