Anand Chowdhary

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Netherlands Netherlands

I'm a creative technologist, entrepreneur, and avid open-source contributor. I founded Oswald Labs, an award-winning accessibility technology company; and Koj, a Swiss interior design subscription company. I use open-source code as a way of scratching my own itch; most of my 100+ repositories are tools to solve problems or experiments with new ideas.

Community Contributions

Speaking (conference/usergroups) / 11-18-2020

Global Entrepreneurship Week, Twente

I was invited by was invited by Dr. Rainer Harms, Associate Professor, the Netherlands Institute for Knowledge-intensive Entrepreneurship (NIKOS), University of Twente, to deliver a guest lecture on Opportunity Recognition to students of Business Administration MSc in September 2020. I modified my usual talk to focus on my understand of opportunity recognition, with three key parts: (i) problems and tools, (ii) S³ (seek, screen, seize), and (iii) identifying opportunities by observing changes in consumer behaviors and the market. In the third week of November, the Global Entrepreneurship Week is celebrated, and the University of Twente invited me to deliver another guest lecture on Opportunity Recognition, this time to ~150 Business Administration BSc students.
Speaking (conference/usergroups) / 09-07-2020

Guest Lecture on Opportunity Recognition, NIKOS

During the COVID-19 pandemic, I was at home in New Delhi, India, and was invited by Dr. Rainer Harms, Associate Professor, the Netherlands Institute for Knowledge-intensive Entrepreneurship (NIKOS), University of Twente, to deliver a guest lecture on Opportunity Recognition. Since classes were remotely held over video conference, I delivered a 30-minute lecture and answers several questions about discovering new business opportunities. This talk was part of a series of lectures by industry professionals for the course "International Entrepreneurship — A Strategic Technology Perspective", part of the study program Business Administration MSc. International Entrepreneurship (201600011) is a 5-EC course offered to the tracks "Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Strategy" and "International Management and Consultancy" in the master's program. I modified my usual talk to focus on my understand of opportunity recognition, with three key parts: (i) problems and tools, (ii) S³ (seek, screen, seize), and (iii) identifying opportunities by observing changes in consumer behaviors and the market.
Hackathon / 08-31-2020

Mentoring for Supreme Incubator

Supreme Incubator is a 6-month startup incubator consisting of a "comprehensive curriculum, along with meetings with dedicated mentors, investor lunches, and more". In August 2020, I was invited to mentor teams and judge startups based on their pitch for the program's virtual B-Plan Event. From 350+ registrations, 102 participants were selected to form 40 teams and work on their startup ideas. The teams participated in a "bidding war" where they selected three words to develop a business idea around, and then developed pitches for the same. In the first week, my role was limited to judging startups' pitches. Over the course of the next few weeks, I'll mentor selected startup ideas and help them build a viable business.
Speaking (conference/usergroups) / 10-21-2019

OneUp, Santa Clara University

OneUp is the startup accelerator, incubator, and student organization to support entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley. As their first event of the academic year of Fall 2019, Startup Social, they invited me to deliver a keynote about building a startup as a student. My talk was an extended version of my NESST keynote, and explained my journey through highschool, founding Oswald Labs, moving to Enschede, and being at Santa Clara. There was also a 30 min question-answer session following the talk, which led to a fruitful discussion about challenges and opportunities students have when building a startup.
Speaking (conference/usergroups) / 09-29-2019

Women Who Code Cloud 2019

In September 2019, I spoke on web accessibility at Women Who Cloud 2019, the world's first developer conference focused on the latest in and the future of cloud-based technologies targeted towards female developers. My talk was a 35-minute tutorial on building more accessible websites and webapps, with code samples and research studies. I was also extremely humbled as one of the only four male speakers out of 29 total speakers. The talk was titled "Making your product accessible to everyone" and discussed three key parts -- web standards (such as the WCAG, including semantics, color contrast, etc.), user customization (like dark theme and reduced motion), and cloud & APIs (like generating alt text for user-generated content using deep learning APIs). It also included a short quiz about aria-label and demos for accessibility audits using Lighthouse and understanding the Accessibility Tree in Chrome. Overall, I tried to combine traditional web accessibility knowledge with the conference's focus on the cloud.