Walter Bender

Founder of IAM Foundation
Miami

Walter Bender is president of the Industrial Arts and Method Foundation, a Florida-based foundation that promotes innovation in industrial design education and provides scholarships to cover tuition and related expenses for students enrolled in industrial design programs. Bender is founder of Sugar Labs, a non-profit foundation. In 2006, Bender co-founded the One Laptop per Child, a non-profit association with Nicholas Negroponte and Seymour Papert. As director of the MIT Media Laboratory, Bender led a team of researchers in fields as varied as tangible media to affective computing to lifelong kindergarten. In 1992, Bender founded the MIT News in the Future consortium, which launched the era of digital news.