In Conversation with 15 Yr Old Blockchain Genius, Riya Karumanchi, Founder & CEO, SmartCane          


About Riya:
I am an entrepreneur focused on harnessing technology to better people’s lives and making a positive impact on the world.

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 MEDIC, a mHealth & eHealth Development & Innovation Center.

I pitched SmartCane at the I.T World’s Digital Transformation Conference and @ Women in I.T Channel Recognition Luncheon.

SmartCane team won the hackABILITY Hackathon organized by ICUBE @UofT, RICCentre and Arrow!

The Economic Club of Canada’s Pitch Competition provided the opportunity to float a third venture, INUK, an online web platform to sell native Inuit crafts to people around the world. Judges included Hon.Mitzie Hunter, & Premier of Nunavut, Hon.Peter Taptuna.

I and team members Lizabeth & Anjana were awarded grand prize of $13,000! Received the “One To Watch” Award from Hon.Charles Sousa.

Extracurriculars include pursuing Grade 10 Pre-IB program in Sep 18!

I owe my accomplishments to all who went out of their way to offer encouragement, advice and mentorship! I love to pay it forward in anyway I can!

If you are interested in entrepreneurship and making a positive impact on the world in your own way, I would love to hear from you!

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