10 Women to Watch in Tech in 2013

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Dr. Vivienne Ming, founder & CEO, Socos

Full plate, anyone? Not only does Dr. Ming run the education tech and data mining company Socos, she’s also a theoretical neuroscientist at the Redwood Center for Theoretical Neuroscience at UC Berkeley as well as chief scientist at Gild, a talent acquisition tech company. Founded in 2011, Socos takes data from what students already do in their classes, and builds a model of their conceptual knowledge that lets teachers adapt instruction in real time, whether to address common misconceptions or expand on unusual insights. The company has consulted with the Gates Foundation, the Bertelsmann Foundation, and the White House Office of Science and Technology on how to fundamentally change education. In 2013 Ming plans to continue to work on replacing standardized testing with artificial intelligence and transition Socos from a consulting company into a direct technology provider.