Chao Tayiana Maina

Chao Tayiana Maina


Speaker African Digital Art Heritage & Technology
Chao Tayiana Maina is a Kenyan digital heritage specialist and digital humanities scholar. With a background in Computer Science and a life-long passion for history, her work primarily focuses on the application of technology in the preservation, engagement and dissemination of African heritage and culture.

She is the founder of African Digital Heritage, a non-profit organization that seeks to encourage a more critical and holistic approach to the design and implementation of digital solutions within African cultural heritage. She is also a co-founder of the Museum of British Colonialism where she leads digital engagement and a co-founder of the Open Restitution Africa project.

She holds an MSc International Heritage Visualization (distinction) from the University of Glasgow/Glasgow School of Art. Her research work explored the possibilities of embedding intangible histories in 3D digital environments.

As co-founder of the Museum of British Colonialism, her work to digitally document and visualize detention camps in colonial Kenya has been featured in the New York Times, Reuters, BBC news, BBC Arts, Nation and 3Sat.

She is a recipient of the Google Anita Borg scholarship for women in technology and a founding member of the Digital Humanities network in Africa.