Walter De Brouwer

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Walter De Brouwer
Walter de Brouwer 2011-11-09.jpg
Born (1957-05-09) May 9, 1957 (age 62)
NationalityBelgian, permanent resident USA
Alma materGhent University (BA Philology; MA Formal Linguistics; postgraduate Epistemology; Tilburg University (PhD Semiotics)
Known forPersonal Computer Magazine, Wave, Eunet (now CenturyLink), Jobscape (now Stepstone), Starlab, OLPC, Scanadu Inc, Inc.
TitleCEO, co-founder, Inc.
Spouse(s)Sam Lounis
Children2 sons, 1 daughter

Walter De Brouwer ([də ˈbrʌuər]; born May 9, 1957) is a Belgian-born Internet and technology entrepreneur and semiotician. He is a cofounder and CEO [1] of and former CEO of Scanadu in Mountain View, California.


De Brouwer was born in Aalst, Belgium. He earned a Masters degree in linguistics from the University of Ghent and a PhD in Semiotics from Tilburg University.[2] He was a lecturer at the University of Antwerp (UFSIA) and adjunct professor at the International University of Monaco from 2001-2004.[3] He is an Entrepreneur in Residence with the Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge since 2004.[4] He sits on the editorial advisory board of the Journal for Chinese Entrepreneurship.[5] De Brouwer is a member of the American Mathematical Society.


De Brouwer set up Riverland Publications in 1990 to publish personal computer magazines.[6] In 1994, he sold his titles to VNU. He then published the cyberpunk magazine Wave, edited by Michel Bauwens and designed by Niels Shoe Meulman. Wave was a cult Belgian avant garde magazine.[7]


In 1996, De Brouwer was one of the founders of PING, later sold to EUnet.[8] In 1999, sold his employment site, Jobscape[9] In 2008, De Brouwer set up OLPC Europe, the European branch of One Laptop per Child.[10][11]

Research labs[edit]

In 1996, De Brouwer founded Starlab together with MIT Media Lab founder Nicholas Negroponte[12][13][14] and coordinated its research activities under the acronym BANG (Bits, Atoms, Neurons and Genes), a system later adopted by MIT in 2002.

De Brouwer serves as a board director of the Tau Zero Foundation.[15][edit]

De Brouwer co-founded, a company focused on decentralizing precision medicine with artificial intelligence.[16]


De Brouwer is former co-founder and the CEO of Scanadu, a company located at the NASA Ames Research Park in California.[17] and Scanaflo, an at-home, full-panel urinalysis testing device designed to give consumers immediate information about their liver health, urinary tract infections, and other vitals.[18]

De Brouwer stepped down from CEO in April 2016 and became the CEO and co-founder of artificial intelligence start-up[19] He also sits on the scientific advisory board of uBiome.[20]

Other activities[edit]

De Brouwer is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and served as President of RSA Europe from 2006 to 2008.[21] He is a member of TED and curator of TEDxBrussels. He was a distinguished lecturer at the National Science Foundation in 2013.

De Brouwer's articles have been published by VentureBeat, [22], The Huffington Post,[23] Techonomy,[24] and others. His article, “How the People Are Taking Over the World,” was among Techonomy's Most-Read Articles of 2014 and was cited by its editors as “perhaps the most philosophical of Techonomy’s top articles” that year.[25]

De Brouwer has two children with his current wife and a daughter from a previous marriage.


  • De Brouwer, Walter. Notes & Queries: Mary Imlay, Analytical Review (Oxford, 1982), 29:204-206.
  • De Brouwer, Walter. Notes & Queries: Joshua Toulmin, Analytical Review (Oxford, 1983), 30:209-212.
  • De Brouwer, Walter; Ayris, Stephen (1985). Computer Buzz words : Teacher's guide. Wolters Leuven, ISBN 90-309-0815-7
  • De Brouwer, Walter (1985). Cybercrud : computer terminology for advanced students of informatics and industrial engineering. Wolters Leuven, ISBN 90-309-0819-X
  • Vanneste, Alex; Geens D, De Brouwer, Walter (1987). Het Nieuwe Landschap, Wolters Leuven, ISBN 90-309-0825-4
  • De Brouwer, Walter (2004). Echelon: Three can keep a Secret, if Two of them are Dead. Delaware, ASIN B004J3UHGG
  • De Brouwer, Walter (2004). The biology of language: the post-modern deconstruction and denarration of modern and pre-modern grand narratives. Universiteit van Tilburg, ISBN 978-90-810022-1-9


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  2. ^ De Brouwer, Walter (2004). The biology of language: the post-modern deconstruction and denarration of modern and pre-modern grand narratives. Universiteit van Tilburg, ISBN 978-90-810022-1-9
  3. ^ International University of Monaco Faculty: Walter De Brouwer (Adjunct)
  4. ^ Entrepreneur in Residence Walter De Brouwer via University of Cambridge Judge Business School
  5. ^ Journal for Chinese Entrepreneurship
  6. ^ BELGIUM Major Manufacturers Directory. Business Information Agency, ISBN 978-1-4187-8348-8
  7. ^ Wave, the Belgian cyberpunk mag at the Wayback Machine (archived March 28, 2012)
  8. ^ Schroller, Alex; King, Tim (January 4, 2010). Smart ways to improve innovation. European Voice
  9. ^ Schroller, Alex; King, Tim (January 4, 2010). Smart ways to improve innovation. European Voice
  10. ^ Fildes, Jonathan (December 23, 2009). OLPC Unveils slimline tablet PC. BBC News
  11. ^ Hartley, Adam (May 1, 2010). How OLPC plans to give 30 million kids in Africa a laptop by 2015. TechRadar
  12. ^ Kalia, Kirin (August 9, 2000). Belgium: Europe's Overlooked Diamond-in-the-Rough (Part II). Silicon Alley Daily
  13. ^ Lane, Frederick S. (2003) The naked employee: how technology is compromising workplace privacy, p. 54. AMACOM Div American Mgmt Assn, ISBN 978-0-8144-7149-4
  14. ^ Bilefsky, Dan (April 2, 2001). Where the deep future is familiar territory The Financial Times
  15. ^ "Lifeboat Foundation Bios: Dr. Walter De Brouwer". Retrieved 2018-02-06.
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  17. ^ Gorman, Michael (22 May 2013). "Scanadu finalizes Scout tricorder design, wants user feedback to help it get FDA approval". Engadget. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  18. ^ Hein, Buster (6 January 2015). "Scanaflo brings hospital-quality urinalysis to your home". Cult of Mac. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  19. ^ Tas Bindi (August 24, 2017). " launches blockchain-based conversational AI platform for health consumers".
  20. ^ "Walter De Brouwer". Techonomy. 8 November 2014.
  21. ^ Chairman of RSA Europe Fellowship
  22. ^ De Brouwer, Walter (3 February 2019). "Millennials may be the last generation to know so little about their health". VentureBeat.
  23. ^ De Brouwer, Walter (9 March 2014). "I. Am. The Greatest". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  24. ^ De Brouwer, Walter (8 November 2014). "How the People Are Taking Over the World". Techonomy. Retrieved 9 January 2015.
  25. ^ "Techonomy's Most-Read Articles of 2014". Techonomy. 31 December 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2015.

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