Nithya Ramanathan


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Why we chose Nithya as a Fellow

Nithya is a computer scientist who has found a way to combine her passion for technology design and social justice. After designing hardware for Hewlett Packard, Nithya went to work on arsenic-contaminated groundwater in Bangladesh; it was there that she realized the profound need for high-quality sensors to monitor efforts and measure impact.

Nexleaf attaches low-cost sensors to low-cost cellphones, making it possible to measure things heretofore impracticable. From stove temperatures to the amount of soot in the air, Nexfeaf allows organizations to gather the data they need to drive better decisions and improve product and operations.

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