Anand Chowdhary

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Anand Chowdhary
Anand Chowdhary at Facebook event.jpg
Chowdhary speaking at a Facebook event in 2017
Born (1997-12-29) 29 December 1997 (age 22)
New Delhi, India
Alma mater
OccupationInteraction designer, computer programmer, entrepreneur
Known forCo-founder of Oswald Foundation
TitleCEO of Oswald Foundation

Anand Chowdhary is an Indian entrepreneur, interaction designer and developer. He is noted for his work on web accessibility and is the CEO of Oswald Foundation[1], an accessibility technology company.[2][3][4] He co-founded Oswald Foundation with fellow schoolmate Nishant Gadihoke after their product, Oswald Extension[5], won an event at the AngelHack hackathon in New Delhi.[6][7][8]

In an interview with The Huffington Post, Chowdhary said that he believes "Oswald can enable a Web 4.0 – a web centered around accessibility and equality".[9][10]

Career[edit | hide all | hide | edit source]

While studying in The Mother's International School, Chowdhary was the President of the computer club, MINET.[11][12] He redesigned the official website of the school and was featured in the cover story of Time Out magazine.[13] He founded an education technology company, Class Rebels[14][15] and was a volunteer at Uday Foundation.[16][17] He also started Made with Love in India, an initiative to promote Indian brands and products, which is supported by companies including Snapdeal and Hike Messenger.[18][19][20][21]

In June 2017, Chowdhary organized BharatHacks, a hackathon to solve India-specific problems, in collaboration with DigitalOcean, IBM Global Entrepreneur, the Delhi-NCR chapter of Facebook's Developer Circles, HackerEarth, and other technology companies.[22][23][24][25][26]

After graduation from highschool, Chowdhary worked at the Government of Delhi.[27] He expanded upon a 2012 research done by Luz Rello and Ricardo Baeza-Yates for the World Wide Web Consortium's Web Accessibility Initiative.[28][29]

Oswald Foundation[edit | hide | edit source]

In June 2016, Chowdhary shared his idea of developing an accessibility tool[30][31][32] with fellow schoolmate Nishant Gadihoke, and they decided to develop a Chrome extension during the AngelHack Delhi 2016 hackathon.[33][34][35] After the development of the tool, they purchased the domain on August 14, 2016 and founded Oswald Foundation on India's Independence Day on August 15, 2016.[36][37][38] Chowdhary dropped out of Unitedworld Institute of Design to start Oswald Foundation, where he was studying Visual communication.[39][40]

Oswald Foundation is incubated in the London and Berlin-based EyeFocus Accelerator, a startup accelerator program for companies developing for living with visual impairment.[41][42][43] On April 8, 2017, Oswald Foundation qualified to the finals of The Economic Times's Catapoolt Changemakers Challenge after winning the first round in Delhi.[44][45][46] In June 2017, Oswald Foundation raised 100,000 in a crowdfunding campaign.[47][48][49][50][51]

Oswald Foundation has three products: Agastya, Shravan, and Valmiki. Agastya is a cross-platform JavaScript library and web accessibility plug-in for websites.[52][53] Shravan is an operating system for smartphones and tablet computers based on the Android mobile platform. It uses vibrational and speech feedback as its primary user interface and has special features that makes it more accessible than regular smartphone operating systems.[54][55] Valmiki is a browser extension based on independent research done by the British Dyslexia Association and the World Wide Web Consortium to allow people with dyslexia or visual impairment access the web.[56][57][58]

Awards and recognition[edit | hide | edit source]

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