Diana Jue is COO and co-founder of Essmart, a distribution company for life-improving
technologies in southern India. Before startingÂ Essmart, Diana spent five years studying technology dissemination through her undergraduate and graduate studies at MIT. Throughout her field work in rural India and China, she realized that many community development initiatives were not achieving their intended impact because of poorly established distribution channels. She explored this further through her Master’s thesis on social impact technology dissemination in rural southern India, which served as one of Essmart’s research foundations. Diana’s writing has been featured in other publications including the USAID Frontiers in Development, MIT Entrepreneurship Review, and Stanford Social Innovation Review blog. She has been awarded additional distinctions, including an Echoing Green Fellowship, the Fulbright-Nehru Research Fellowship to India, and multiple awards from MIT to pursue research and work on Essmart.
Apurv Mishra is an inventor, TED Fellow, founder of Glavio Wearable Computing and
MPhil Technology Policy graduate from University of Cambridge. Prior to this, he founded Future.ly for geospatial mapping of emerging technology clusters. At 16, he founded Innovator Factor Foundation as one of the first think tank on Open Innovation. Invented “Glabenator” at 14 years, in response to his grandfather’s paralysis and won the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair Grand Award 2006 and Nobel Foundation’s Seaborg SIYSS Award 2009 at the Nobel Prize Ceremony.
Hima Batavia is passionate about the intersection between health, technology and design. Most recently, she was an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with GSF India, a multi-city accelerator for early stage tech companies in India. Previously, she worked with a number of international development organizations, including the mHealth Alliance, the Clinton Health Access Initiative, the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and the Sandra Rotman Centre for Global Health. Her work has been published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review, PLoS Medicine Journal, and UN Dispatch and she has collaborated with the World Health Organization and IDRC on detailed research reports. She is a committed community leader, cofounding the Toronto for Acumen Fund Chapter, organizing Mobile Tech for Social Change Toronto, and representing University of Toronto Alumni in New Delhi. Hima holds a BSc in Human Biology from the University of Toronto St. George. You can follow her on twitter @himabatavia or at himalayawake.com.