Founding Director of UCSF/SFSU’s Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab (SOUL)
Faculty Affiliate UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations in the Medical School
Antwi Akom Ph.D. is an eco-visionary on urban acupuncture - which combines people-centric design with cutting-edge technology in order to achieve new standards of affordability, mobility, sustainability, equity, and opportunity for all. Named one of the world’s top innovators by President Obama, what makes Dr. Akom’s work unique is his ability to integrate Community-Generated Data with Big Data and predictive analytics in ways that make communities smarter, more equitable, just and sustainable. Dr. Akom is also a Distinguished Professor & Founding Director of The Social innovation lab—The first joint research lab between the University of California, San Francisco and SFSU. Prior to joining UCSF in 2016, Dr. Akom co-founded Streetwyze—a technology and human centered design firm, which has been featured in the Atlantic's City lab, The Root, Tech Republic, Green Biz, The Nation, and other award-winning publications. His most recent TEDx Talk is called Innovation Out of Poverty.