Quentin Stafford-Fraser

Executive Director, Ndiyo

Quentin Stafford-Fraser
Quentin Stafford-Fraser pointed a video camera at a coffee filter machine when he worked in the University of Cambridge Computer Lab in the early 90s. The "Trojan Room Coffee Pot" became the first webcam, and one of the most popular and famous sites on the early web. Since then, he has held research posts at the University of Cambridge, Xerox EuroPARC, Olivetti Research, and AT&T Labs, focusing on novel modes of interaction between people and technology. He was also a developer of the VNC software now installed on millions of machines worldwide.

More recently, Stafford-Fraser has been involved in several technology-related startups in Cambridge, U.K., and Seattle, Washington, including Ndiyo in 2001, Newnham Research in 2003, and Exbiblio in 2004. At present he is the full-time executive director of Ndiyo, a non-profit UK company dedicated to making IT more affordable and sustainable for the global community.

Stafford-Fraser holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge University and lives in Cambridge with his wife, Rose, who has almost nothing to do with technology, nor with his recumbent bicycle.

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