Emergency tech company founder Michael Martin ’09 to deliver Carleton honors convocation

The event will also include a full academic procession and remarks from President Allison Byerly, Dean of the College Gretchen Hofmeister ’85 and Dean of Students Carolyn Livingston.

Leander Cohen '22 26 May 2022 Posted In:
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Michael Martin ’09

Michael Martin ’09, co-founder and CEO of emergency tech company RapidSOS, will present Carleton’s annual honors convocation on Friday, May 30 at 3 p.m. in the Skinner Memorial Chapel.

A cherished Carleton tradition, honors convocation draws the campus community together to celebrate the academic accomplishments of Carleton students and faculty. The event begins and ends with a full academic procession, including emeriti faculty, honors students and recipients of awards and grants. Following remarks by President Allison Byerly, Dean of the College Gretchen Hofmeister ’85 and Dean of Students Carolyn Livingston, Martin will deliver his presentation.

Martin’s company RapidSOS is an advanced emergency tech company that provides life-saving data from connected devices to 9-1-1 and first responders in the field. Martin suggests that 9-1-1’s technology infrastructure is antiquated, as operators do not always know your name or location when you need immediate help. RapidSOS works with Google, Apple, Uber and others to keep users safe by sending rich data to public safety agencies during emergencies. Currently, over 2,000 agencies nationwide representing over 180 million people receive emergency data from RapidSOS.

After graduating Carleton summa cum laude and a Rhodes finalist in 2009 with a degree in political science and international relations, Martin earned his M.B.A. with high distinction from Harvard University. Prior to founding RapidSOS, Martin worked for a global venture capital firm where he served as a board member for eight companies in four countries and helped commercialize over 40 technology start-ups.