Founder's Story

Christina Hawatmeh - CEO

When I was in my masters at Columbia University around 2012-2013, focusing on technology, during the Arab Spring, I realized that social searching was limiting and really messy, and permissions were needed to use people's content on social media, which is why the press couldn't keep up or find what they were looking for. I had been obsessed with social media as a positive influence changing society, and so I sought out to make real time visual information (photos and videos) accessible and attainable. I was lucky enough to find an advisor at Columbia, Manoj Pooleery, who was then the Director of Technology and Entrepreneurship at the Center for Computational Learning Systems, who also shared that same vision, and is now my Co-Founder. The third piece was meeting our Chief Creative, Nour Chamoun, who is a Parsons grad in Design & Technology, who has been able to design the vision in a simple, attractive, and effective way, and also give it the social edge that we started with. UGC is not momentary, its here to stay, and our vision is to create the first encompassing accessible social library of our day.


We're a diverse team of creatives from around the globe. From machine-learning experts to passionate communicators, everyone at Scopio is united through one common theme - connecting the world through images. We're research nerds that have spent years looking at social media trends, computer learning and hashtag culture. Our team of engineers is led by an expert from Columbia University and a National Science Foundation grantee. Our advisors have transformed industries. Scopio's chief creative officer has a Master of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design and is interested in technology and social impact. Our undergraduate interns attend universities across Missouri and have been published in media outlets such as Vox Magazine and The Columbia Missourian.

Meet the Team

Advisors

Awards & Mentions

  • Scopio at the Columbia startup lab
  • Scopio is part of the 2015-2016 cohort at the Columbia University Entrepreneurship program
  • Scopio wins the Arch Grant among thousands of participants
  • Scopio's CEO, Christina, is a GATHER fellow'
  • Scopio is an Aramzon Web Services two-time grantee
  • Scopio is driving innovation in the NYC booming university incubator scene
  • Scopio startup CEO found a big way to let you get paid for social media photos
  • Scopio featured in an article by Founder's grid
  • Scopio startup CEO found a big way to let you get paid for social media photos
  • Scopio featured in WeWork Creator section as one of the innovating startups
  • Scoping it Out: From Protests to Platforms with CEO and Founder
  • Scopio featured in WeWork Creator section as one of the innovating startups
  • Scopio NYC Startup is Making Social Media Great Again Through This