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If you haven’t already met them, get to know these five young innovators who are not afraid to be ambitious and take some risks. 1. Bathabile Mpofu Bathabile Mpofu is a scientist, innovator, entrepreneur, and co-founder of Nkazimulo Applied Sciencesin Durban, South Africa. 2.
Jessica Santana is one of the co-founders of New York On Tech (NYOT), a nonprofit organization on a mission to prepare the next generation of technology leaders emerging from New York City. NYOT provides students with access to the development, mentoring, networking, and professional experiences that prepare them for degrees and careers in technology. Prior to NYOT, Santana worked as a ...
Shamir Saddler is a founder and CEO of SmartTerm, an education management platform powered by machine learning. It is designed to digitize and improve education infrastructure globally. Saddler also currently works as Director of Software Engineering at Jibe, a tech startup in New York City. He earned first place at Piedata’s Cando Code, the first and only regional Hac...
Carie Lemack is the cofounder and CEO of DreamUp, the first company to bring space-related STEM training into classrooms, and to bring student-designed experiments into space, on board the ISS. A former national security policy expert/advocate and the producer of an Academy Award-nominated film, Lemack is a proud supporter of all students reaching for the stars. How did your education ...
Dr. Lana Israel is the founder of Muzology, a platform that uses the power of music and videos to make math fun and accessible, while challenging students to learn and retain the math concepts critical to their progress. She is a globally recognized learning expert who began researching memory, and published her first book on the topic at age thirteen. She is an international speaker on memory, learnin...
Subrahmanyam Vungarala is the founder of Verzeo, an online platform that helps to bridge the gap between a student’s classroom environment and their work atmosphere through AI-based software. Prior to Verzeo, Vungarala founded Transtele, a startup that focused on rural area communication solutions. How did your education and previous professional experience shape your current work at Verzeo?...
Gauthier Van Malderen is the founder and CEO of Perlego, a publishing company that offers an unlimited subscription service for students and professionals, providing access to over 220,000 ebooks and other digital publications. How did your education and previous professional experience shape your current work at Perlego? As a recent former student myself one of the biggest pain p...
Gabriela Galilea is an Obama Foundation Scholar at Columbia University and the founder of Okimo, an alternative screening software that uses sensors to detect early vision and literacy problems in school-aged children. Through her work with Okimo, Galilea wants to democratize access to visual health and inclusive education by creating tools that can help screen and treat visual and literacy problems at a f...
Charlie Taibi is the CEO of Year On, a gap year program that pairs high school graduates with a coach who supports them in self-exploration while they volunteer abroad and build foundational skills in San Francisco. Over the last year, Taibi and his team have built Year On to reflect a growing need from young people who want to understand who they are and what they want to do before entering higher ed. Be...
Jill Vialet is the CEO and Founder of Playworks, a nonprofit that increases access to playgrounds. In 2011, Vialet was named by Forbes magazine as one of the top 30 leading social entrepreneurs and was recognized by the Women’s Sports Foundation as one of