Our teaching team shares their applied and scholarly expertise. Each section of EID 100/CEID 100 will be taught by one of the following instructors:
AHMED SAGARWALA: Instructor, EID 100
Ahmed Raza Sagarwala (BTech, MDM) is a tech MacGyver that laces together hardware and software systems to create solutions. He has an in-depth understanding of how digital technologies function and integrate into our everyday lives. As a consultant, Ahmed assists organizations with their digital communications and workflows.
At the age of 5, Ahmed wrote his first program on a Commodore 64. His pursuit for an understanding of computing systems led him to release his first website in 1996 and build his first computer in 1998. His company, Artform, was established in 2001 and currently develops web-based systems that automate communications.
In 2015, Ahmed was the recipient of the Dennis Mock Graduate Scholarship and a graduate of Ryerson University's Master of Digital Media program. His graduate studies research focused on energy disaggregation, signal processing algorithms, and home automation. He currently teaches courses on design, development, and entrepreneurship at Ryerson. He also conducts seminars and workshops at VBEC (Vaughan Business Enterprise Centre) on social media and entrepreneurship.
Research interests include web technologies, user-experience design, traffic automation, networked systems, embedded processors, empowerment through programming, open-source development, communication protocols, and cryptography.
GUY HOSKINS: Instructor, CEID 100
Guy Hoskins (BA, University of Southampton; MA, York University) is a PhD student in the joint Communication and Culture program hosted by York University and Ryerson University. Prior to commencing his graduate studies, Guy had several years of experience in business development within magazine publishing and retail brand marketing, both in the UK and Canada. His MA research focused on a case study of the online advocacy network Avaaz.org as a model for a transnational public sphere. While completing his Master’s degree Guy also undertook a field placement at Greenpeace Canada in order to devise a social media content evaluation system for the NGO’s communications team. His current research uses his experience working in Latin America and fluency in Spanish and Portuguese to examine the role of social media in the politics of emerging democracies.
Guy is the previous recipient of an Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship (2011), a graduate of the Oxford University Internet Institute’s Summer Doctoral Program (2013) and the current holder of a Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders' Fellowship. Outside of academic life Guy is an in-school mentor with the Big Brothers and Sisters Organization of Canada and is the Media and Sponsorship Coordinator for the International Diaspora Film Festival.
Research interests include the socio-cultural impacts of social networking sites; media democracy; digital activism; digital access policy; ICT4D; the public sphere; and social movements in the Global South.