ನಮಸ್ಕಾರ ( Hello in Kannada)! I’m Madhurya and I’m from Bengaluru, India which is known as the “Garden City” and the Silicon Valley of India. With a blend of Yakshagana ( a form of dance), Carnatic music and Idly-Vada’s, Bengaluru is known for its diverse, yet calming, culture.
What area of study are you doing, and what drew you to this area? What year are of study are you in?
My mother is a professor in Computer Science and since childhood, I would act as the mock-up student in all her lecture rehearsals. I vividly remember banging on the keyboard trying to imitate her on the computer! I grew up to this fascination of being a Computer Engineer and I’m currently studying my first year of Masters in Embedded Systems at KTH.
What do you like to do during your “downtime” when you are not busy studying or mentoring?
I love running and one of my favourite places to run, apart from Hagaparken in Stockholm, is the Cubbon Park in Bengaluru – a well-known area for photographers, dog-lovers, yoga enthusiasts and joggers!
If I am not working or running, you can find me sipping filter kaapi (coffee) with benne Masala Dosa (like a buttery crispy pancake with mashed potatoes ) and reading Harry Potter
Why excites you about the future of technology?
Making technology affordable to people of diverse backgrounds, and the tremendous influence it has on all walks of life.
If you could impart any words of wisdom to children/teenagers what would it be?
Fail often! Don’t fear failure as it really helps you to achieve better goals in life
Why did you start volunteering as an Inico mentor?
I love volunteering for Inicio, the team with mentors and the ever-curious kids gives me a new perspective on tech and culture! I grow by getting new ideas and enthusiasm from them . My favourite experience as mentor was when an 8 yr old refused to give up when building a BubbleNode. Ah that happiness on her face when the cube lit is something I treasure!