Bringing the Online Education Revolution to the Bottom of the Pyramid with Neil D'souza
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Neil D’Souza is the founder of Zaya, a disruptive educational non-profit startup that is bringing the online education revolution to the bottom of the pyramid. In 2012 he was selected by the San Francisco Hub of World Economic Forum as a Global Shaper and also won the NASSCOM Social Innovation Award in India.
Neil has an engineering background and worked in the computer networking industry for over four years at Cisco Systems where he focused on Mobile Internet and Video Technologies. He was also part of a team that spearheaded the 4G/LTE protocol that forms the core for most mobile networks in US.
During his time at Cisco, Neil developed a strong passion to help underprivileged communities and he set his sights on how to bridge the education gap for children in remote regions of the world. While he was on sabbatical he developed his ClassCloud technology that now powers 20 schools and orphanages in India, Indonesia and Mongolia.
He has consulted with the World Bank on a Sustainable Livelihood project for technology in Mongolia and worked with the Spark Program as an apprentice teacher in San Francisco. He is also an active advisor to several startups and a mentor with Startup Weekend.
He has lived, traveled and worked in 40 countries and is an Ironman Triathlete. From 1997-2003 he held the National Swimming Record in India for the longest swim at 79 Hours. Originally from Mumbai, India, Neil received his Masters in computer science with a specialty in computer networks from North Carolina State University.