Kartik Sawhney is a software engineer, the Co-founder of Next Billion in Canada and the Founder of Project STEMAccess in India.
He has a bachelors in Computer Science from Standford University, USA, where he is currently studying for his masters.
Born in New Delhi, India, Kartik was diagnosed with retinopathy of prematurity which left him blind. As a child he learnt how to use a computer with access technology after becoming aware that his mother was spending a lot of time transcribing reading materials into Braille.
Initially refused the opportunity to study science beyond his mid-teens, Kartik and his parents had to persuade the authorities to give him permission. They succeeded and in 2013 Kartik was awarded a scholarship to Standford University.
In May 2013, he founded Project STEMAccess, which offers online tutorials, videos, mentoring sessions and hands-on workshops to support learning. In 2016, he was awarded the Queen’s Young Leaders Award and co-founded Next Billion.