Mark Belinsky is an entrepreneur and technologist who has developed projects at the intersection of technology and social good in over 26 countries. Currently he is CEO of Birdi, a multi-tool smoke detector for the modern world. Think canary in a coal mine. The sleek device monitors total air quality, tracking temperature, humidity, pollution and pollen, as well as the more traditional smoke and carbon dioxide levels. The beauty of Birdi isn’t just its incorporation of all these function into one device, but how it communicates with owners. Birdi connects with smart devices, delivering real-time assessment of air-quality directly to those who need it most, when they need it most. It can be silenced directly from within the app and is smart enough to notify authorities during a real danger. It is even smart enough to order its own battery replacements.
Prior to this, he worked as a creative technologist constructing privacy and security software with The The Guardian Project and building a new platform for tools to aid social change as CTO of The Toolbox. In Armenia, Belinsky co-founded and was a board member at Bem, a youth-based technology center. He is the co-founder of and advisor to Digital Democracy, a non-profit that empowers marginalized communities around the world to use technology to defend their human rights.
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