Who is Vidya Y?

vidhya is the co-founder of Vision Empower – a not
for profit enterprise incubated at IIITB Innovation Center which
focuses on bringing education in science and mathematics to students
with visual impairment.
Vidhya is currently a Research Fellow at Microsoft Research India.
She has interned at Microsoft Research India and executed projects in
collaboration with various research labs Such as university of
Michigan, iiitb etc.
She has received best paper award for the Paper “We can go
anywhere’: Understanding independence through a case study of
ride-hailing use by people with visual impairments in metropolitan
India” submitted at the prestigious CSCW conference Published by ACM,
and has received honourable Mention award for the Paper “CodeTalk:
Improving Programming Environment Accessibility for Visually Impaired
Developers” submitted at the prestigious CHI conference Published by
As a student of the Masters in Digital Society program at IIIT
Bangalore, Vidhya graduated as the gold medalist from her batch in
2017. The achievements roll on into numerous awards such as Tie Aspire
Young Achievers Awards ,Namma Bengaluru awards in rising star category
, Reebok Fit to fight Awards and many more.
she has received scholarships such as dhirubhai ambani scholarship
for academic excellence. She makes the headlines several times and
holds the distinction of being the first blind student to undertake
math at higher secondary school in Karnataka, following it up by being
the first one to pursue Computer Science as a major in undergraduate
studies at her University.
She has motivated students in institutes such as ST Stephen’s college
Delhi,Lawrence School Sanawar (HimachalPradesh).
She has given a TEDx talk at iiitb, Was a part of a podcast on
Assistive Technology and was an rj for a radio show on science and
technology for anyear.
she has presented her work in prestigious institutions and corporates.”