Dominic is a two-time university dropout who is trying to convince himself that he has some control of Team Zelda. Not that he needs it - his greatest source of pride thus far is finding a team he loves working with.
He is taking a short sabbatical from studying towards a Bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Cape Town where he was chairperson of the Undergraduate Students Council for the Engineering and Built Environment faculty. He knows he’s not necessarily suited to university life but he found his time at UCT inspiring and wants to make sure every student is able to access that inspirational space.
Jasanth is currently finishing a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Cape Town. However, his passions don’t necessarily lie in the typical engineering field. He has a keen mind for the entrepreneurial world and has previous experience with start-ups. Drawing from his resourceful nature, he is heading up Zelda’s corporate and business model side. Jasanth has always been an active citizen, but up to now hasn’t found a fitting way to use his skills to make a difference. He hopes that with Zelda he will be able to play a part in improving the future of education in South Africa.
Nikhil is a currently in fourth year and finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Mechatronics. He has been a part of multiple start-ups and business case competitions, and is looking to use his skills gained in these areas to assist in team Zelda. He has good people skills and will be in charge of school recruitment and student interaction with the app, along with the data analytics that comes with this role. Education is an area his family takes a lot of pride in and he hopes to do them and himself proud.
Carla is heading up the software development side of Zelda. She is currently studying towards a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCT. She has served as the Training Manager of Robogals UCT, a society dedicated to improving the representation of women in STEM by exposing schoolgirls to robotics and electronics. She is a mentor in the EBE mentoring programme, and is an active member of Engineers Without Borders. She is passionate about effecting change in the current education crisis in South Africa.