2024 SILICON-Unicode interns

Emiyare Ikwut-Ukwa headshot

Emiyare Ikwut-Ukwa

Obolo Keyboard Design Project Lead

CLDR Survey Tool Project Co-Lead

“I’m Emiyare Ikwut-Ukwa, a sophomore majoring in Linguistics and Computer Science. My dad’s language, Obolo, has few written or digital resources—it is difficult both to use and to interact with online. I’m interested in Obolo and in linguistic diversity at large, and I’m excited for the opportunity to help make digital resources more accessible!”

Helena Aytenfisu headshot

Helena Aytenfisu

CLDR Survey Tool Project Co-Lead

Unicode Begin Project Support

“My name is Helena Aytenfisu and I am a junior majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Modern Language (Spanish and Italian). Within and outside of my CS courses, I’ve seen the ways that certain languages (in my case, specifically Amharic) are disadvantaged on platforms like Google Translate and ChatGPT, as well as in programming in general, with so many major programming languages being English based. That’s why I am looking forward to taking the step forward to work with everyone to help tackle this issue.”

Maroua Bezzaoui headshot

Maroua Bezzaoui

Unicode Begin Project Co-Lead

CLDR Survey Tool Project Support

“My name is Maroua Bezzaoui and I am a sophomore majoring in Computer Science with a focus in computer systems and product design. Growing up in Morocco speaking about 4 languages, I still had to learn English in hopes to connect with the digital world and stay up to date with technological advancements around the globe, so I first-handedly experienced the consequences of using digitally disadvantaged languages. Hence, I am beyond honored and excited to contribute to the mission of digital inclusion of these languages with the rest of the team!”

Samuel Minev-Benzecry headshot

Samuel Minev-Benzecry

Unicode Begin Project Co-Lead

Navajo Keyboard Project Support

Obolo Keyboard Project Support

“I am Samuel Minev-Benzecry, a Sophomore pursuing a double major in Earth Systems and Linguistics and a Minor in History. Coming from Amazonia, Northern Brazil, I have experienced closely how certain languages are disadvantaged in the digital age and the consequences it bears to ways of knowing that are already endangered. Because of that, I am eager to continue working to facilitate digital inclusion of disadvantaged languages in my region and beyond.”

Amari Pierce

Navajo Keyboard Project Lead

CLDR Project Support

(Clans: hashk’ąą hadzohí, táchii’nii, tábąąhá, dóó áshįįhíí)

“My name is Amari Pierce and I am a junior majoring in Symbolic Systems. Coming from the Diné Tribe in the Four Corners Southwest, I am very interested in language revitalization and DDL accessibility in tribal communities, especially for its impact on public health, education, community wellbeing, and accessibility in public resources. I am very excited to be spending this summer learning lots and working with various communities and my teammates; and I look forward to working on improving some digital language accessibility!”