Dr. Matthew Kam is a researcher in Google’s education products team, which has brought Classroom, Forms and Expeditions to millions of users around the world. In this role, he leads Google’s research initiatives on the future of education.
Prior to Google, Kam was a researcher at the American Institutes for Research and tenure-track professor at Carnegie Mellon University. He has presented on panels alongside education ministers, consulted for one-to-one mobile learning initiatives worldwide, and mentored former students to launch successful education technology companies based on their capstone projects. Kam is known for his work designing mobile learning applications that have improved literacy in lower-income countries. He serves as an advisor to UNESCO, the lead United Nations agency that spearheads education technology initiatives for improving learning around the world. His academic research has been adopted by social entrepreneurs working with low-literate communities in Afghanistan, India and beyond.
As program co-chair for the 2015 ACM International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies & International Development (ICTD), he co-chaired a committee of experts to advance the evidence on technology for improving lives in developing countries. Kam has published 30 articles on education technology, user experience and ICTD in leading conferences, journals and handbooks. His research was nominated twice for best paper awards at ACM CHI, the most competitive venue for UX research.
Kam’s work draws on his training in computer science (PhD and BS degrees), education (PhD minor) and economics (BA degree) from the University of California, Berkeley.