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Laura Hosman's work focuses on information and communications technology in developing countries and the effects on sociocultural factors, human development and economic growth.

Hosman's current project is her invention SolarSPELL, a solar-powered offline digital library that fits into a backpack. The library delivers localized educational resources to communities in 10 countries, and growing, across Africa and the Pacific. SolarSPELL works with in-field partners like Peace Corps and the UN Refugee Agency, to ensure that each library is paired with locally based trainers, who in turn build crucial skills like information literacy, in their communities.

She is an associate professor with a joint appointment in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and The Polytechnic School.


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