Keynote speaker announced for CIS Forum in November

We’re excited to begin the countdown to next month’s CIS Global Forum on International Admission & Guidance by revealing one of our keynote speakers. 

Headshot of Luis von Ahn

Named one of the 10 Most Brilliant Scientists by Popular Science Magazine, one of the 50 Best Brains in Science by Discover, one of the Top Young Innovators Under 35 by MIT Technology Review, and one of the 100 Most Innovative People in Business by Fast Company Magazine, we are very much looking forward to welcoming Luis von Ahn to our community’s annual Forum. 

His keynote Pencils Down: A Student Centred Approach to Access and Testing looks at reforming admission processes, and how we must first change the channels through which people access education. 

Luis will highlight his experiences as an international student and how they informed the creation of an adaptive, digital, high stakes proficiency test. By harnessing technology, we can reform admissions to lower barriers and put students first.    

Luis is an entrepreneur and former computer science professor at Carnegie Mellon University who is considered one of the pioneers of crowdsourcing. He is known for co-inventing CAPTCHAs, being a MacArthur Fellow, and selling two companies to Google in his 20s. He is currently the co-founder and CEO of Duolingo, a language-learning platform created to bring free language education to the world. With over 300 million users, it is now the most popular language-learning platform and the most downloaded education app in the world.