Steve Daniels

Steve Daniels

Design + tech + strategy for humans


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I'm a researcher, designer, and developer in IBM Research's Social Computing Group, where I've worked on technologies from mobile phones in the developing world to the Watson question-answer system. My personal research has focused on systems of innovation in environments of scarcity, which has resulted in projects like Makeshift Magazine and the book Making Do. I am a Sandboxer, aspiring global nomad, and advisor to various social innovation projects. I love all kinds of music and have toured in eight countries as a jazz trumpeter.
Work History
  • 2010 - Present

    Research Engineer


    Researcher in IBM's Social Computing Group, where I helped build the IBM Mobile Services Platform ("Emerging Markets App Store"), designed the user interface for IBM Watson for healthcare, and am currently using technology to rethink the doctor-patient relationship.
  • 2011 - Present


    Makeshift Magazine

    Makeshift is a quarterly magazine and website digging up original stories of street-level ingenuity and invention around the world.
  • 2007 - 2010

    Founder & Chair

    A Better World by Design

    A Better World by Design is a student-run conference dedicated to using technology for social good. Over 1,000 students and professionals from around the world attend each fall.
  • 2009 - 2010


    Making Do

    Wrote the book Making Do: Innovation in Kenya's Informal Economy based on research of engineers in East Africa, including their design process, fabrication skills, and barriers to growth.
  • 2006 - 2010

    Co-Founder & Teacher

    Met Center for Entrepreneurship

    Helped start the Center for Entrepreneurship, a curriculum, building, and incubator at the Met High School, to help low-income students start businesses.
  • 2009 - 2010


    Brown Engineers Without Borders

    Led an agriculture project in Kenya and restructured the organization for growth.
  • 2009 - 2009


    Africa Center for Engineering Social Solutions

  • 2007 - 2007


    Pollen Design

  • 2006 - 2008

    Founder & Editor-in-Chief

    The Brown Noser

  • 2002 - 2009

    Designer & Developer


  • Technology for Emerging Market

    Brown University

    2006 - 2010