Our Story

An award winning designer and educator, Krishna, the co-founder of dVerse Labs had been always inquisitive about inclusive education and had developed successful models to engage children in computational and design thinking processes. He is the recipient of 3M National Award for Transformational Innovation in the fields of design education for children. When he was improving one of his products, while in the Netherlands, dCode, an educational toy that encouraged outdoor play while learning to code, he came across a proposal to extend programming education for blind children by Dr. Felienne Hermans from the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science (LIACS). Curious to know more in this field, he participated in the SplashCon Conference 2018 held in Boston, where he discussed about the topic of Inclusive programming with field experts, where they expressed that the non-accessibility of mainstream programming language is not only limited to programming education but also lacks at workplaces. 

With a challenge to solve this previously unaddressed problem, Krishna took the topic for his masters thesis at the Delft University of Technology (Netherlands). Supervised by Dr. Ianus Keller an expert in Interaction design, he developed CurIO, in close collaboration with Visio (umbrella organization of blind schools in the Netherlands), professional blind programmers from Poland, Australia and the Netherlands and blind students from the National Institute for the Visually Handicapped (Chennai, India)

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Design Process

Meet The Team

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Krishna is a purpose-driven product designer and inventor, with 6 years of work experience in solving fuzzy and complex real world problems. He holds a master's in Integrated Product Design, with a specialisation in Entrepreneurship from TU Delft (Netherlands). He has represented India at Global Youth Advancement Summit (Michigan, US) and at the MIT Innovation Bootcamp. He is the recipient of the prestigious International title of James Dyson Award, IF design award and 3M Young Innovator Award for his previous innovations.  His works have been published by BBC Radio, The Guardian, NDTV, Digit, and other international and national news media.

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Sameer Malik

Business Strategy

He has experience consulting for 100+ startups and was the former director of Nexus Startup Incubator (US Embassy, Delhi) and the Director of Operations of Alliance of Commercialisation and Innovation Research (Texas, US). He advises on the financial and strategy aspects of the company.

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Raakesh Madhavan

Embedded Engineer

He is a passionate and impact driven embedded systems engineer in the company,  with an eye to solve fuzzy complex programming, electronics design and prototyping through a hands-on approach. 

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Sujatha Srinivasan

Professor, IIT Madras

She is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and heads the TTK Center for Rehabilitation Research and Device Development (R2D2) at IIT Madras. Her research focuses on applying mechanism design and movement biomechanics to develop functional and affordable assistive/rehabilitation devices for people with movement disability.

Prof. Sujatha has nearly 30 years of experience in her field including 8 years in the US industry. She is a 1992 alumna of IIT Madras and joined its faculty in 2008. She is also co-founder of NeoMotion, a startup on assistive devices, incubated at IIT Madras. In her free time, she likes tailoring, going for walks and spending time with her family.

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