Christina

American Delegation, 2004
Seeds of Peace Fellow, 2015

IMPACT: ECONOMIC

Innovating citizen journalism and disrupting visual news.

How has Seeds of Peace had an impact on you?

I am thankful to Seeds of Peace for all its support. My dedication and passion for social change really started at Seeds of Peace. Today, I am making my contribution to problems that I face through Protestify and now Scopio.

Being a Seed empowered me to be an agent of change, starting with high school, through my undergraduate at George Washington University’s Elliott School, to Columbia’s Middle East Research Center in Amman, and now as a Master of International Affairs and founder of Protestify.

More importantly, my friends from Camp who I met in 2004, are still some of the closest to my heart. We will forever live in “the field” of change.

How are you impacting your community?

I am the CEO and co-founder of Scopio. I launched Scopio through Columbia Business School’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program. I am an Amazon Web Services two-time Grantee, a Mozilla Firefox Fellow, and a Tech Boss Finalist. I am passionate about social movements online, and visualizing them in a more innovative way, making them not only more interesting, but also more accessible.

Through high-technology, Scopio efficiently tracks the impact and influence of images and videos posted online across the globe. Through Scopio, we are able to empower citizen journalists and ordinary users to create their own accounts of world events in real time, and connect them to locations and news outlets through pictures, real-time data visualization, data services, and hashtag analytics. We designed Scopio to focus on hashtag-driven campaigns and events in multiple languages, including the effects of socially-driven conferences, natural disasters, upcoming elections, and more.

In this way, Scopio is pushing the future of visual information into the present, communicating the impact of events in real-time and globally through a groundbreaking form of data: image and video data from social media. A platform called Protestify is under the umbrella of Scopio, and deals with global social movements that miss the eye of mainstream media. Users are able to create and upload media with the hashtag #protestify. The site then allows users to connect with news outlets. Success includes clients using visualizations in global socially driven conferences to amplify their messages online, and for major NGOs to use this new form of “storytelling” when a major event occurs.

EDUCATION

• Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, MA, International Affairs
• George Washington University, BA in Middle East Studies

IN THE PRESS

Startup U: NYC’s Booming University Incubator Scene is Driving Innovation (Observer)
Arch Grants bringing start-up businesses to St. Louis area (Fox 2 Now)
Startup lets you get paid for your Instagram, Twitter photos (St. Louis Business Journal)
6 Questions with Christina Hawatmeh, Founder of Scopio.io (Founders Grid)

“My dedication and passion for social change really started at Seeds of Peace.”