Kartik Sawhney

kartiks2@stanford.edu | 510-766-3419

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I am a senior at Stanford University, majoring in Computer Science with a focus on Artificial Intelligence and Human Computer Interaction. I'm very passionate about tech for social good, and am always looking out for opportunities to use my technical skills to do something meaningful. In particular, I feel strongly about universal access to virtual resources, and have been involved in several accessibility and assistive technology projects with non-profits and tech giants including IBM Research, Microsoft Research, Xavier's Resource Center for the Visually Challenged etc. In the summer of 2016, I interned at Microsoft, helping to make Cortana even smarter. Currently, I'm working on project STEMAccess that seeks to facilitate conversion of technical content into accessible formats for blind students. I also recently co-founded NextBillion.org , an organization that connects people with disabilities with industry leaders, who can support them professionally with the goal of improving diversity and accessibility in the global community. Through our platform, we connect mentees (people with disabilities) with a mentor (industry leader) that can help guide and foster them to achieve their professional goals based on their field of expertise, relationship with their particular disability and their personal experience.

At Stanford, I have worked with the Human Computer Interaction group as an undergraduate research assistant, and automated the hiring of crowd workers for project Flash Orgs by implementing a first-come first-serve hiring model in Ruby on Rails. Besides research, I am involved with sevveral other student groups, and hold leadership positions, including the Co-President of Power2Act (the disability's group on campus). I've also served as the President of Stanford Raagapellla .

In the past, I've been honored with several national and international awards and scholarship for academic excellence, including India's highest honor for achievers National Child Award for Exceptional Achievements 2009, National Talent Search Scholarship, Google Lime Scholarship (for excellence in computer science), Lime Connect fellowship (top 20 students with disabilities from across the United States), 1st All India Rank in the National Cyber Olympiad, among others. Recently, I was selected as one of the 60 winners of the prestigious Queen's Young Leaders award 2016, which will be presented by Her Majesty the Queen in June 2016 in recognition of my work in the field of universal access to education. I have also been widely featured in Indian and international media for my national and international achievements and contribution to the disability sector.

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As per Stanford University's honor code, the code for class projects cannot be hosted in public domain. Please reach out to me personally if you would like to access the code.

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