Luis von Ahn

Luis von Ahn (born 1979) is a Guatemalan MacArthur fellowship recipient entrepreneur, associate professor in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University, and co-founder and CEO of Duolingo.[1] He also founded the company reCAPTCHA, which was sold to Google in 2009.[2]

Presentations and interviewsEdit

This is a sampling of presentations and interviews delivered by Luis von Ahn over the years.

  1. Massive-scale online collaboration, April 2011
  2. Interview with Luis von Ahn, part 2, part 3, part 4 (Spanish), November 2011. Hour-long personal interview in Spanish, covering his childhood, personal life, goals, and more; only a few minutes toward the end on Duolingo.
  3. Utilizando el poder de millones de mentes humanas (Spanish, "Using the Power of Millions of Human Minds"), November 2011
  4. Duke University Provost's Lecture Series, April 2013
  5. Educación en línea y el poder de millones de mentes humanas (Spanish; "Online Education and the Power of Millions of Human Minds"), June 2013
  6. Google+ Hangout con Luis von Ahn, fundador de Duolingo (Spanish), October 11, 2013
  7. Crowd-sourcing pioneer talks about technology in 2014, December 5, 2013. Includes a question and answer time with reporters.
  8. Global Learning Council: Luis von Ahn, September 4, 2014. Includes a question and answer time at the end covering the Duolingo Test Center and future directions for Duolingo.
  9. Educacion masiva para el futuro (Spanish; "Massive Education for the Future"), October 1, 2014
  10. Cómo aprender una lengua y contribuir a la sociedad - Luis von Ahn TED x Rodela Plata Oct 2014 (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
  11. Massive Education for the Future, October 2014
  12. The_Future_of_One-on-One_Education,  Video Of The Week: Luis von Ahn on Technology Based Tutoring, 2015.
  13. Wikimania 2015 [3]
  14. The Latino Techie Creator For Global Good NBC News, 3 October 2017
  16. "Las aplicaciones móviles son una manera muy eficaz de llevar educación a la gente" - Luis Von Ahn 13 Feb 2018
  17. Soy TED - La Aventura de Educar - Luis von Ahn - Episodio Completo 28 Jan 2018
  18. Dialogue Leaders: Maria Hinojosa & Luis von Ahn 22 Nov 2017
  19. Inventor y empresario guatemalteco Luis Von Ahn en Al Punto Al Punto 2017 9 Nov 2017
  20. Duolingo CEO Luis von Ahn on developing a diverse and inclusive workforce 17 Oct 2018 - the Atlantic FORGING AHEAD (an Atlantic Forum for Industry & Inclusion)
  21. Luis von Ahn - Duolingo - Foras de Série #114 23 Oct 2018
  22. A Surprising Effect Motivated Luis von Ahn to Create Language Startup Duolingo - Fortt Knox 26 Oct 2018
  23. Un momento con Luis Von Ahn en UVG 2019 Un momento con Luis Von Ahn en UVG 2019 7 Mar 2019
  24. Beyond Innovation #18: Learning the Lingo with Duolingo's Luis von Ahn Global Live Media 25 Mar 2019
  25. Luis von Ahn's presentation uploaded on 24 Apr 2019 13 minutes 55 seconds
  26. Dionisio Gutiérrez y Luis von Ahn: Guatemala, tecnología y la desinformación. Razón de Estado 24 Apr 2019
  27. Here's why language learning app Duolingo ranked number 28 on CNBC Disruptor 50 list 17 May 2019

News articles Edit

  • Meeting the US president[4]
  • Meeting Bill gates[5]

Awards Edit

  • MacArthur fellowship [6]
  • ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award [7]

Publications Edit

  • Luis von Ahn:Duolingo: learn a language for free while helping to translate the web. IUI 2013: 1-2
  • Thomas W. Malone, Luis von Ahn:Collective Intelligence 2012: Proceedings. CoRR abs/1204.2991 (2012) 2011
  • Edith Law, Luis von Ahn:Human Computation. Synthesis Lectures on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, Morgan & Claypool Publishers 2011 [contents]
  • Edith Law, Luis von Ahn: Book announcement: Human Computation. SIGecom Exchanges 10(3): 3-4 (2011)
  • Luis von Ahn: Three human computation projects. SIGCSE 2011: 691-692
  • Severin Hacker and Luis von Ahn. Matchin: Eliciting User Preferences with an Online Game. ACM Conf. on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2009. pp 1207-1216.
  • Edith Law and Luis von Ahn. Input-Agreement: A New Mechanism for Collecting Data Using Human Computation Games. ACM Conf. on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2009. pp 1197-1206.
  • Luis von Ahn, Ben Maurer, Colin McMillen, David Abraham and Manuel Blum. reCAPTCHA: Human-Based Character Recognition via Web Security Measures. Science, September 12, 2008. pp 1465-1468.
  • Luis von Ahn and Laura Dabbish. General Techniques for Designing Games with a Purpose. Communications of the ACM, August 2008. pp 58-67.
  • Luis von Ahn. Games With A Purpose. IEEE Computer Magazine, June 2006. pp 96-98.
  • Luis von Ahn, Ruoran Liu and Manuel Blum. Peekaboom: A Game for Locating Objects in Images. ACM Conf. on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2006. pp 55-64.
  • Luis von Ahn, Mihir Kedia and Manuel Blum. Verbosity: A Game for Collecting Common-Sense Knowledge. ACM Conf. on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI Notes 2006. pp 75-78.
  • Luis von Ahn, Shiry Ginosar, Mihir Kedia and Manuel Blum.Improving Accessibility of the Web with a Computer Game. ACM Conf. on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI Notes 2006. pp 79-82.
  • Luis von Ahn, Nicholas Hopper and John Langford. Covert Two-Party Computation. Symposium on the Theory of Computing (STOC) 2005. pp 513-522.
  • Luis von Ahn and Nicholas Hopper. Public-Key Steganography. Advances in Cryptology, Eurocrypt 2004. pp 323-341.
  • Luis von Ahn and Laura Dabbish. Labeling Images with a Computer Game. ACM Conf. on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2004. pp 319-326.
  • Luis von Ahn, Manuel Blum and John Langford. Telling Humans and Computers Apart Automatically. Communications of the ACM, February 2004. pp 56-60.
  • Luis von Ahn, Manuel Blum, Nicholas Hopper and John Langford. CAPTCHA: Using Hard AI Problems for Security.Advances in Cryptology, Eurocrypt 2003. pp 294-311.
  • Nicholas Hopper, John Langford and Luis Von Ahn. Provably Secure Steganography. Advances in Cryptology, CRYPTO 2002. pp 77-92.

Question and answer sessionsEdit

See also Edit


  1. Duolingo: Press. Retrieved 2015-03-27.
  2. Google acquires Luis von Ahn's company, ReCAPTCHA. (September 2009). Retrieved on 2012-05-13.

External linksEdit

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