Two NPR Highlights In One Week: Piazza Founder Pooja Sankar and Inspiring Stanford Student and Piazza User Kartik Sawhney Both Featured On National Public Radio
Piazza Founder and CEO Pooja Sankar felt uncomfortable asking questions in class as one of the only female computer science students at the Indian Institute of Technology. That memory propelled her to create popular social learning and recruiting platform Piazza, now used by a million students from 1200 universities worldwide. Listen to her powerful story, as captured on NPR’s Morning Edition.
Blind since birth, Kartik Sawhney fell in love with computers at the age of 7. A scientific prodigy, he wanted to study at the Indian Institute of Technology, but officials would not allow him take the entrance exam. After years of trying, he finally decided to attend Stanford University, where today he is studying human-computer interaction, and he relies on Piazza to facilitate his classroom participation. His goal: to make technology more accessible not just to people with disabilities, but to everyone. Listen to Kartik’s inspiring story on NPR’s Planet Money, and check out this video showcasing his incredible use of technology to enable course engagement.