Michael Bletsas

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Michail Bletsas
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Born 1967
Occupation Academic and Computer Scientist

Michail Bletsas (born March 19, 1967, in Chania, Crete) is a research scientist and the Director of Computing at the MIT Media Lab.

Education and career[edit]

Bletsas studied at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and received a masters degree in computer engineering from Boston University.[1] Before joining the Media Lab, he was a Systems Engineer at Aware Inc.[1] He is one of the founders of the Greek mobile advertising and marketing company Velti S.A.[1] and he was also one of the leaders in an effort to provide wireless networking to the island of Patmos, Greece.[2][3]

Since June 23, 2010, Bletsas is an Independent Non-Executive Director of Hellenic Telecommunications Organization SA (Athens, Greece).[4]


Michail Bletsas is one of the designers of OLPC's XO laptop.[5] [6] He was one of the principals of the OLPC team [7] where he made various contributions, including the design and implementation of the first embedded layer-2 wifi mesh stack.[8] From February 2006 to January 2009, he was OLPC's Chief Connectivity Officer and VP Advanced Technology[9] and he was member of the group which received the Community category award of the 2007 Index: Award, for the design of the OLPC XO-1 laptop computer.[10][11]


He was a keynote speaker at the 4th and 5th Annual IEEE Consumer Communications & Networking Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, 2007[12] and 2008[13] respectively, at the 8th International Conference on Computer Based Learning in Science in Heraklion, Crete, 2007,[14] at Disruptions 2007 in Athens, Greece,[15] and at the 4th Balkan Conference in Informatics in Thessaloniki, Greece, 2009.[16]


  1. ^ a b c Biography as a keynote speaker at the Consumer Communications & Networking Conference, 2007, retrieved 2010-06-23.
  2. ^ Nortel Wireless Mesh Boosts Broadband for Patmos Islanders, Nortel, July 23, 2008.
  3. ^ "Patmos, un’isola tutta wireless", Computer World Italia, July 25, 2008 .
  4. ^ [1] retrieved July 11, 2010
  5. ^ Laptop computer Patent
  6. ^ Heater, Brian (January 18, 2008), "OLPC Exec Addresses Project's Shortcomings", PC Magazine .
  7. ^ Michail Bletsas, Chief Connectivity Officer, One Laptop Per Child
  8. ^ US application 315042 
  9. ^ OLPC's Interview: OLPC's Michail Bletsas
  10. ^ "World's Largest Design Award, Top 6 Winners Announced", Digital Journal, August 25, 2007 .
  11. ^ Index:Award > 2007 > WINNERS 2007 > OLPC XO
  12. ^ CCNC 2007
  13. ^ CCNC 2008 keynote speakers
  14. ^ CBLIS 2007 program, retrieved 2010-06-24.
  15. ^ Meet the speakers, Disruptions 2007, retrieved 2010-06-24.
  16. ^ Call for participation, BCI 2009, retrieved 2010-06-24.

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