When I was in my masters at Columbia University around 2012-2013, focusing on technology, during the Arab Spring, I realized that social searching was limiting and really messy, and permissions were needed to use people's content on social media, which is why the press couldn't keep up or find what they were looking for. I had been obsessed with social media as a positive influence changing society, and so I sought out to make real time visual information (photos and videos) accessible and attainable. I was lucky enough to find an advisor at Columbia, Manoj Pooleery, who was then the Director of Technology and Entrepreneurship at the Center for Computational Learning Systems, who also shared that same vision, and is now my Co-Founder. The third piece was meeting our Chief Creative, Nour Chamoun, who is a Parsons grad in Design & Technology, who has been able to design the vision in a simple, attractive, and effective way, and also give it the social edge that we started with. UGC is not momentary, its here to stay, and our vision is to create the first encompassing accessible social library of our day.
We're a diverse team of creatives from around the globe. From machine-learning experts to passionate communicators, everyone at Scopio is united through one common theme - connecting the world through images.
We're research nerds that have spent years looking at social media trends, computer learning and hashtag culture. Our team of engineers is led by an expert from Columbia University and a National Science Foundation grantee.
Our advisors have transformed industries. Scopio's chief creative officer has a Master of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design and is interested in technology and social impact. Our undergraduate interns attend universities
across Missouri and have been published in media outlets such as Vox Magazine and The Columbia Missourian.