UAB professor recognized internationally for online activism

Ragib Hasan’s innovative project is bringing textbooks to visually impaired Bangladeshi children.
Written by: Katherine Shonesy
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ragib hasanThe BanglaBraille project developed by University of Alabama at Birmingham Assistant Professor Ragib Hasan, Ph.D., took home the prestigious Jury Award and the People’s Choice Award from German International Radio’s Best of Blogs and Online Activism Awards.

Hasan, assistant professor of Computer and Information Sciences and director of the UAB SECure and Trustworthy Computing Lab, began this project to help deliver texts and audiobooks to visually impaired Bangladeshi children who did not have access to educational materials. He used social networks to crowdsource funds for the translation, printing and distribution of textbooks and development of audiobooks.   

This international award recognizes BanglaBraille as the top project in the Best Innovation category, beating 13 other projects from 14 countries.