|Born||18 October 1979
|Residence||New York City, United States|
|Known for||UNICEF Innovation, RapidSMS, UReport|
Erica Kochi, (born 1979, in Sendai, Japan) is a humanitarian and a technologist who Co-Leads UNICEF's Innovation Unit, together with Christopher Fabian. In 2013, she was chosen by Time Magazine to be on the Time 100 list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
UNICEF Innovation has recognized success in innovative design of development solutions. Examples of this work include the Digital Drum, which was recognized by Time magazine as one of the Top 50 inventions of 2011, the award-winning RapidSMS - a system that uses basic mobile phones and SMS messages to communicate with front-line workers and improve the speed and quality of data collection and health and education services, and a Gold  and Silver  IDSA awards, and a Redhat prize for being one of the top four open source projects 
Since 2007, UNICEF Innovation has worked with partners to develop open source technologies that have registered 7 million births in Nigeria over 15 months and provided antenatal care to thousands of pregnant women across Rwanda. These systems have led to successes such as the tracking of the distribution of more than 25 million insecticide treated mosquito nets and a direct feedback loop from more than 190,000 young Ugandans to engage with their government and change policy in real time.
Kochi has also co-taught "Design for UNICEF" at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with Clay Shirky. She has lectured at the Yale School of Management, Harvard University, the Art Center College of Design, Stanford University School of Engineering, and Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs on technology, innovation, design and international development.
- Erica Kochi personal website
- TIME 100 2013: Erica Kochi and Christopher Fabian
- Unicef Stories
- Time Magazine: The 50 Best Inventions of 2011
- UNICEF: ‘RapidSMS’ system for monitoring nutrition in Malawi gets top tech award
- RapidSMS Overview
- The Industrial Designers Society of America: Gold Award - UNICEF Project Mwana: Using Mobile Technologies to Improve the Lives of Underserved
- The Industrial Designers Society of America: Silver Award - UNICEF Project Mwana: Strategy for Integrating Mobile Services and Real Time Data
- Red Hat: A Billion Thanks to the Open Source Community from Red Hat
- Government of Rwanda: RapidSMS blog
- Tisch ITP: Design for UNICEF