About Us

We are a startup in making!

Smart Paper is being developed by LearnSense, a startup currently incubated in Playpower Labs.

 

Paper is an integral part of our education system, and it is completely disconnected from the world of digital learning. This is why we have designed Smart Paper technology. We want to give students and teachers freedom to work on both paper and digital. We believe that paper learning has many benefits, and we need to connect paper with digital for a better future of learning.

 

Our Story

Powering the future of learning

Many years ago, we started building futuristic education technologies. Our work began by doing learning engineering research to optimize engagement in digital education technologies. To continue our work, we started Playpower Labs, which now offers data, design, and development services to some of the leading education organizations in the world.

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Meet The Team

Founders

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nirmal patel

Co-Founder

Nirmal is a multi-award-winning edtech researcher and a computing child prodigy. He has close to fifteen years of hands-on work experience spanning across programming, data science, AI, and learning science. Nirmal loves innovating new technologies that can solve challenging problems. Nirmal became one of the youngest Linux engineers in India at the age of 15. His educational data science research has won multiple awards. Nirmal actively works with India's Ministry of Education, where he uses data to address fairness and equity issues in national tests. Nirmal has also co-authored award-winning and grant-winning educational games that have been a subject of rigorous learning science research.

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derek Lomas

Co-Founder

Derek is a cognitive scientist and designer with a deep background in learning science. He received his postdoctoral training at the University of California’s UC San Diego Design Lab with Donald Norman. He has a bachelor's degree in Cognitive Science (Yale, '03), a master's degree in Visual Art (UCSD, 2009), and a doctorate in Human-Computer Interaction (Carnegie Mellon, 2014). He won a Poptech Social Innovation fellowship, a MacArthur Foundation "Digital Media and Learning" award, a Sesame Workshop & White House "Impact" Award, and is an alumnus of Techstars. Derek is now an Assistant Professor of Positive AI at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

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Advisors

David GODDY

Advisor

David Goddy is a former senior ed tech executive at Scholastic and consultant to research- and data-based, content-driven ed tech companies and startups. At Scholastic, he led significant turnarounds in three education divisions providing supplemental instructional products, both print and digital, with a particular focus on intervention, reading and supporting the needs of underserved and marginalized students and their teachers.

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Technologists

Darshan PATEL

Software Engineer

Darshan is a hacker at heart, and loves building complex technical systems.

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Mithilesh Thakkar

Machine Learning Engineer

Mithilesh is a computer geek who loves creating AI to support classrooms.

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Deepjyoti Deb

Software Engineer

Deepjyoti has a knack for creating software that delivers impact at scale.

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