Kumbhthon is a technical hackathon, started in association with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, USA) for promoting social innovations for the upcoming Kumbhmela in Nashik.
Sunil’s goal is to help Indians bridge the ‘language’ and ‘digital’ divides, due to the dominance of English on the internet and in technical published texts. He has developed digital dictionaries for mobile phones and computers with a repository of 9.6 million audio and textual words in 16 domains, like Legal, Agriculture and Pharmacy, in 22 different Indian languages. Educated in Marathi-medium in a village near Nashik, Sunil believes the root of the rural inferiority complex is the linguistic divide, due to which many abandon their education. He hopes to reverse this with his free platform.
Girish is a metallurgical engineer working with Graphite India. With a rich experience of more than 28 years in the industry, espicallly in SQL and systems. He is the chairman of the Nasik chapter of the Computer Society of India.