Nicholas Negroponte is a pioneer in the field of computer-aided design. An MIT graduate and member of the MIT faculty since 1966, he cofounded the MIT Media Lab with Jerome B. Wiesner in 1985. For its first 20 years, Negroponte directed the lab, which applies an unorthodox research approach to envision the impact of emerging technologies on everyday life.
Negroponte is the driving force behind the nonprofit organization One Laptop per Child. The organization provides laptops for primary education in the developing world and has donated $1 billion in laptops to date. Negroponte has given 13 TED Talks, including his first in 1984. His 1995 best seller, "Being Digital," has been translated into more than 40 languages.
In the private sector, Negroponte served on the board of directors of Motorola for 15 years and was general partner in a venture capital firm specializing in digital technologies for information and entertainment. He has personally provided start-up funds for more than 40 companies, including Zagat and Wired magazine.