Agastya International Foundation (Agastya) is an Indian education trust and non-profit organization based inBangalore, India whose mission is to spark curiosity, nurture creativity and build confidence among economically disadvantaged children and teachers in rural India. Agastya was founded in 1999 by entrepreneurs including Mr.Ramji Raghavan. Agastya runs hands-on science education programs in rural and peri-urban regions across 14 Indian states, as of January 2015. It is one of the largest science education programs that cater to economically disadvantaged children and teachers in the world.By making practical, hands-on science education accessible to rural government schools, Agastya aims to transform and stimulate the thinking of underprivileged children and teachers. Agastya has a Creativity Lab located on a 172-acre campus in Kuppam, Andhra Pradesh, and over 100 Mobile Labs and 45 Science Centers all over India. Agastya has implemented programs for over 8 million children (50% girls) and 200,000 teachers, from vulnerable and economically disadvantaged communities.
For its work with disadvantaged and underprivileged children, Agastya has been awarded with several awards and merits, including the Google Impact Award for the revolutionary TechLaBike project, which aims to use technology to positively impact India and the world. Agastya's 'commitment to action' has also been recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative. The Prime Minister's National Knowledge Commission has recommended the Agastya model for a nationwide scale up. The Rockefeller Foundation, in April 2013, nominated Agastya to a list of 100 Global Innovators. Learn more about Agastya at www.agastya.org
Synopsys – Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq:SNPS) provides products and services that innovation in the global electronics market. As a leader in electronic design automation (EDA) and semiconductor intellectual property (IP), Synopsys' comprehensive integrated portfolio of system-level, IP, implementation, verification, manufacturing, optical and field-programmable gate array (FPGA) solutions help address the key challenges designers face such as power and yield management, system-to-silicon verification and time-to-results. These technology-leading solutions help give Synopsys customers a competitive edge in quickly bringing the best products to market while reducing costs and schedule risk. For more than 25 years, Synopsys has been at the heart of accelerating electronics innovation with engineers around the world having used Synopsys technology to successfully design and create billions of chips and systems. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, California, and has approximately 90 offices located throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and India.Learn more about Synopsys at www.synopsys.com
Consortium for School Networking (CoSN): CoSN is the premier professional association for district leaders in North America. For over two decades, CoSN has provided leaders with the management, community building, and advocacy tools they need to succeed. Today, CoSN represents over 10 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education. Learn more www.cosn.org