Vinny Lohan

Technology enabling access to education for children in need

Vinny Lohan

Technology enabling access to education for children in need

Biography

Vinny Lohan was named 1 of 3 upcoming entrepreneurs in the world under 30 years by General Electric (GE). He is a recent graduate of the University of Auckland with a Bachelors in Electrical & Computer Systems Engineering (honours). In 2012 Vinny was named one of the 25 most influential people in New Zealand business.

The two ventures that he has founded are, OneBeep & OneBuzz. These were born out of, Microsoft Imagine Cup (Worlds biggest technology competition, 425,000 competitors from 127+ countries). He and his team won it two years in a row. Vinny is currently based in Mumbai India leading OneBeep.

Imagine an impoverished village in a remote area, beyond broadband infrastructure or even phone lines, where children are given low-cost laptops for education via well-meaning philanthropic programmes. Now imagine those laptops sitting in classrooms without connectivity, where they cannot be updated with e-books or software, rendering them near-useless for the very people they are meant to help. Mobile networks often don’t extend into rural areas; satellite and fixed wireless systems are very expensive options. However, every village has FM radios and communities already rely on them for information. OneBeep has developed software that provides a simple, effective and low-cost way to beam out daily lessons to thousands or even millions of children.