Dec 2009: GRINS, the radio automation system from Gram Vaani, won the special Juror's Distinction Award in the 2009 Manthan Awards for technological innovation for development.
Dec 2009: The Spoken Web project at IBM IRL, on which I worked earlier and still continue to collaborate with the group, won the National Award for innovation in technologies to improve lives of the disabled.
Sep 2009: I have joined the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Delhi.
Jul 2009: Gram Vaani successfully launched its first pilot with Radio Bundelkhand at Orchha, MP.
Jan 2009: Gram Vaani officially begins its operation in my home!
Oct 2008: I have joined IBM Research in India and will work with the Spoken Web project team.
Sept 2008: I successfully defended my thesis on September 8th! It's available right here.
May 2008: My proposal to enable media services in rural India by using community-radio has been accepted for funding in the Knight News Challenge. The project is called Gram-Vaani, standing for voice-of-the-village.
Aug 2007: Nitin and Parul from Udai at UCSD put together NGO Post, a website to promote news-stories about NGO activities.
Jun 2007: I wrote the first version of an open-source OMR (Optimal Mark Recognition) software, suitable for social development organizations to conduct low-budget community surveys.
Jan 2007: The Udai Waterloo Chapter shipped 3000 children's books to The Bakul Foundation in Orissa, to help set up a library for rural and slum children.
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May 2006: The Udai Waterloo Chapter organized Odyssey -- an exhibition/info-session on health, education, fair trade, and disaster relief.
Coverage in Imprint Report More pics
May 2006: I made a trip to India in May 2006 to set up our systems for rural connectivity at a village kiosk in the Vishakapatnam district of Andhra Pradesh.
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