Winners, The Economic Times Presents Catapooolt Changemakers Challenge Season 2 Delhi

At The Economic Times presents Catapooolt Changemakers Challenge Season 2’s Delhi round, we were chosen as one of the three Round Winners. The event was held on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at Awfis in Connaught Place.

The event was a first-of-its-kind live offline crowdfunding from an audience including investors like Anil Chhikara, ex-Principal of Jaarvis Accelerator and the judge of India’s first startup reality show; Shabir Momin, co-founder of DesiredWings; Geetika Dayal, Executive Director of TiE Delhi-NCR; Girish Shivani, Executive Director and Fund Manager at YourNest Angel Fund; Rajiv Semwal, Principal Advisor at Quarizon; and Abhishek Agarwal, co-founder and CEO of Boldkiln.

Oswald Foundation is a New Delhi-based accessibility technology company that pitched its product, Shravan, a smartphone operating system based on top of Android, made for India. It has accessibility options that work for people with dyslexia, visual impairment, and even senior citizens. It also has features like Aadhaar and UPI built-in. They were announced as the winners and will proceed to the finale of the event.

YourStory: At just 16 and 18, these Delhi teens are using tech to make the web accessible to dyslexics and the visually impaired

Anand Chowdhary, Co-founder of Oswald Foundation, shares his experience with YourStory.

“Two months before I was born, in October 1997, W3C announced WAI, an initiative to add web functionality for people with disabilities. The founder of W3C and inventor of the Web, Tim Berners-Lee, said, ‘The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone, regardless of disability, is an essential aspect.’”

The web has always been accessible. Browsers have had zoom and font customisation features from the start. Still, somewhere, Anand felt that it lacked in inclusiveness, remaining untouched by a huge section of society.

Taking the clock back to August 15, 2016, Oswald Foundation found its way into the world, born with the aim of making technology accessible to everyone, regardless of disability, literacy, age, or financial barriers. To make the web what it stood for.

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Oswald Foundation Accepted to IBM Global Entrepreneur

The IBM Global Entrepreneur program is a program to foster entrepreneurship by the tech giant IBM. This program equips tech startups with the go-to-market support, business mentorship, services, discounts, technical guidance, and networking opportunities needed to quickly bring their products to the market using the IBM cloud platform.

Oswald Foundation, the New Delhi-based startup whose mission is to make technology accessible to everyone, regardless of literacy, age, language, or disability, is now a part of IBM Global Entrepreneur. The startup is using IBM’s cloud platform for making the world’s first smartphone OS for the illiterate and differently abled users. Using IBM’s technology, the company is developing a suite of cloud-based services that will be exclusively used by the users of their OS.

The Shravan OS is an Android-based mobile operating system and is also the first built particularly for India’s user base and includes features like built-in Aadhaar, UPI payments integration, and works in over 25 native Indian languages. Apart from that, the smartphone operating system uses a patent-pending combination of vibrations, speech, and touch as its user interface, that makes it incredibly customizable and personal.

“I believe that Shravan will be the missing piece in bringing the next billion online. Today, more people are connected to the internet using their mobile phones than PCs and laptops combined, and Shravan will make that happen for half-a-billion Indians, and then the world,” said Anand Chowdhary, CEO.

Shravan is expected to be available as a software download for Android devices in mid-to-end 2017 and available as a hardware device the following year, with the cloud infrastructure supported by IBM.

Oswald Foundation Incubated in EyeFocus Accelerator

We’re very excited to announce that we’re now a part of the EyeFocus Accelerator.

EyeFocus Accelerator is the world’s first innovation program for companies producing products for preventing, curing, and living with eye disease and blindness.

In 2015, the EyeFocus Accelerator became the world’s first innovation program supporting companies making products for preventing, curing, and living with eye disease and blindness. EyeFocus 2016 is a truly global program, with the team based in London and Berlin, and the program delivered through events in London, Berlin, Paris, Boston, Bangalore, Tel Aviv, etc.

Oswald Foundation is a New Delhi-based startup whose mission is to make technology accessible to everyone, regardless of literacy, age, language, or disability. Oswald is building a smartphone called “Shravan”, which is the world’s first smartphone solution for the visually impaired, senior citizens, differently abled, and illiterates.

It uses accessible interface patterns with different modes for correcting system -wide settings using a patent-pending combination of vibrations, speech, and touch, and has India-centric features like Aadhaar integration, cashless payments wallet, cricket and sports info, regional language music streaming, free messaging, etc., and works in over 25 Indian languages.

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Oswald Foundation Wins Startup India Rocks! 2016

This weekend, Oswald Foundation participated at Startup India Rocks! 2016 in Bangalore. We emerged as the winners.

Scaale Group are Growth Consultants helping companies execute innovative and global strategies through capital, talent and sales. They are based in the Valley and have presence in 6 countries (USA, Canada, Spain, UK, China and India) and a team of 100+ professionals working with their 100+ clients.

CBA (Cross Border Angels & Investors) is a group company of Scaale raising funds for startups and growth companies around the world. CBA has developed unique process and experience of international investment starting from deal screening, due diligence, term sheets, closing deals, special purpose vehicles to post investment relationships.

Startup India Rocks is Scaale’s global startup competition, where companies from 20 cities competed to get the winner prize, funding, mentors and connection with corporates. They went to 20 cities all over India and selected the top 100 companies (out of 1000+) to pitch at the Grand Finale in Bangalore on 18th November. On the second day on 19th November, the Top 25 companies pitched to CBA’s investors, and 5 overall winners were chosen.

We were chosen as one of the 5 winners of Startup India Rocks! 2016. Oswald Foundation is a New Delhi-based startup whose mission is to make technology accessible to everyone, regardless of literacy, age, language, or disability. Oswald is building a smartphone called “Shravan”, which is the world’s first smartphone solution for the visually impaired, senior citizens, differently abled, and illiterates.

The product uses accessible interface patterns with different modes for correcting system -wide settings using a patent-pending combination of vibrations, speech, and touch, and has India-centric features like Aadhaar integration, cashless payments wallet, cricket and sports info, regional language music streaming, free messaging, etc., and works in over 25 Indian languages.

Link to Startup India Rocks Website | Link to Indian CEO Press Release

Parent Herald: Special Needs Technology Devised By Teens: Web Reading App For People With Dyslexia, Learning Disabilities And Visual Impairments

A web reading app specially designed for people with dyslexia, learning disabilities, visual impairment and even senior citizens has been developed by two Indian teenagers. The app, called Oswald, allows users to customize how web pages will look in their browser. It can be downloaded for free in the Chrome web store.

Oswald was created by 18-year-old Anand Chowdhary and 15-year-old Nishant Gadihoke in June. Chowdhary had the initial idea, which he shared do Gadihoke and they developed Oswald during the Delhi AngelHack Hackathon for its Code 4 Impact Challenge. The original idea, as they relayed in an interview with AngelHack, was to develop an app for dyslexics alone.

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ScoopWhoop: These Delhi Teens Created A Reading App For People With Dyslexia. Bravo!

Ever wondered how difficult would it be to read online, if words were dancing around the screen? For people with Dyslexia, it is an everyday struggle. But two teenagers from Delhi, want to help them.

Meet Anand Chowdhary and Nishant Gadihoke. These brilliant teenagers from Delhi have created an app called Oswald, that helps people with Dyslexia, visual impairment and learning disabilities to browse the web easily.

How did this idea come to these teenagers? In an interview with Scoopwhoop, this is what Anand had to say, “I realised that many of us, designers and developers, never account for the 15% of the population with disabilities. Our websites and apps don’t have features to allow people with learning disorders or visual impairment on how to use them. When Nishant and I participated in AngelHack, the largest hackathon competition, we decided to build an app to solve this problem.”

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The Better India: How Two Teenagers Are Helping People with Dyslexia & Visual Impairments Access the Web

Delhi-based teenagers Anand Chowdhary and Nishant Gadihoke have been freelancing as web designers for a few years now. They design and develop websites for clients, individually and as a team. Recently, however, Anand was struck by a new and innovative thought that changed the way he looked at website design.

“All these years I was just making good websites – they were functional and pretty. But I was ignoring a certain section of the population – those living with disabilities and senior citizens who often find it difficult to read. However, it is not practical to add accessibility features on every website individually. So I came up with the idea of developing a Chrome extension that would help everyone access content on the web,” says the 18-year-old.

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The Huffington Post: These Delhi Teens Want To Change The Web With Their Reading App For Dyslexics

“Changing the world by changing the World Wide Web.” — Aashmita Nayar

Two months ago, 18-year-old Anand Chowdhary and 15-year-old Nishant Gadihoke decided to take this problem head on. The Delhi-based teenagers created an app called Oswald, that helps people with dyslexia, visual impairment, and learning disorders to browse the web easily. Gadihoke and Chowdhary teamed up while studying at the Mother’s International School. “We would work on projects as part of our school’s computer club MNET, and have been designing and developing websites and apps for numerous organisations including Google, and the government,” said Chowdhary in an interview with HuffPost India.

Days after Chowdhary came up with the idea to develop Oswald, the duo participated in AngelHack, a large hackathon competition for web developers and entrepreneurs. “It served as an ideal platform to develop our idea,” said Chowdhary. “The AngelHack competition was for 36 hours, which meant an entire weekend of no sleep, loads of coffee and Red Bull.” At 7:00 am on Sunday, 12 June, Oswald was published on the Chrome Web Store, and won Chowdhary and Gadihoke the Code4Impact Challenge in the competition.

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Inshorts: Teens create tool to help dyslexics access web

Delhi teenagers Anand Chowdhary and Nishant Gadihoke, have developed a web tool that can help people with dyslexia and visual impairments access the internet. The extension named ‘Oswald’ is based on a research study about fonts and how they impact readability. “Every new Oswald user has the option to choose his/her disability or preference to customise the experience,” says Anand.

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