Oswald Labs, the accessibility technology company that builds products for people with disabilities from New Delhi, India, and now also in Enschede, the Netherlands, made an exciting new announcement today. Anand Chowdhary, the co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of Oswald Labs has joined the Netherlands-based not-for-profit organization Oefenen.nl as a pro bono advisor as part of their newly formed “Committee of Recommendation and Advice”.
Oefenen.nl is a platform for lower educated adults who want to improve their basic skills like healthcare, work, internet and computer skills, parenting, and money and economics. The platform is free for individuals and earns revenue through B2B licenses.
Oefenen.nl has had over 2 million visits in 2015, mostly from users with individual accounts, and has had over 100,000 new registrations every year from 2013 to 2015. In 2018, Oefenen.nl has set up a committee of advisors to help them reach low-skilled people directly with marketing knowledge and technology solutions across the Netherlands.
“It is necessary to join forces with other parties to reach even more people who otherwise can not join the rapidly changing society”, says Ben Vaske, director of the Oefenen.nl Expertise Center (translated).
Since 2017, Oswald Labs has been targeting European customers for their web accessibility platform, Agastya (a11y.co). With Oefenen.nl, Oswald Labs is working on implementing new technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning to the Oefenen.nl portal.
“I’m very honored to be part of this committee and Oswald Labs is excited to share our developments in AI and chat interfaces. We’re working closely with Oefenen.nl on building a chatbot for smarter, more relevant course recommendations and support," said Anand Chowdhary.
Other members of the committee include Rashid Azimullah, business economist; Farshida Zafar, law and innovation educator at the Erasmus School of Law; Astrid Oosenbrug, former House of Representatives member of the Dutch Labour Party; Judith Timmermans, reintegration trainer; Boudewijn Wijnands, founder and CEO of Deedmob; Larissa Zegveld, director at Wigo4it; and Liesbet van Zoonen, professor of Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam.