In this episode we hear from Riya Karumanchi, who is an entrepreneur focused on harnessing technology to better people’s lives and making a positive impact on the world. From Riya: “I was just a “regular kid” until I was introduced to entrepreneurship at the age of 12 through an amazing organization called ZeroToStartup. Thanks to them, my first venture Smart Street Lights was born with the goal of making Toronto a more sustainable city. My team of Grade 7’s created a prototype featuring Motion Sensor & Air Quality Data Streaming. Subsequent mentorship came from Ryerson’s DMZ and was made the youngest member of Social Venture Zone at Ryerson!
My second venture SmartCane began as a science fair project. It is a modernized orientation and mobility device for the visually impaired and deafblind community. It won several awards at BASEF. I attended Hacking Health Hackathon to improve SmartCane. My team won the People’s Choice Award and I was offered an internship at MEDI
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