Zelda

Learning

 

Providing students with access to the tools and information they need to unlock their full potential.

Who is ZELDA?

ZELDA is a team of young engineers, tackling the massive issue of guiding students in their after school careers

Our Mission

Provide students with access to the tools and information they need to unlock their full potential.

Our Vision

A world of democratised education; where opportunity is determined by choice and ability, not by circumstance.

Our Aim

We aim to create a single personalised platform that encompasses all of the student’s needs, in the form of resources and quizzes. Using the personalities of the students, we aim to create a customised user experience that puts the student first.

The Why

We started Zelda because we were lost. Though we were all studying engineering, we had numerous interests and were struggling to find our true passions – to discover our paths in life. It was a problem we’d all faced throughout our lives so we decided to try and solve it ourselves, noticing that the jump from high school to university or college or employment was where we could potentially make the biggest difference.

Our Origin Story

Zelda is named after the mother of Dominic, our CEO, as a salute to our first teachers and guides. Though they aren’t perfect, our mothers are the most invested and caring teachers we have and will always try to help us find our way (even if that means a little bit of tough love). We wanted our organisation to provide that same support – a maternal guide that every student in the country can access

Meet the Team

Dominic Schorr put his studies in Mechatronics Engineering on hold to work on Zelda full-time. He was elected chairperson of the Undergraduate Faculty Council for the EBE faculty at the University of Cape Town during the FeesMustFall movement and assisted in resolving the stalemate between students and university management at the end of 2015. He holds the position of CEO at Zelda.
Carla Wilby joined Zelda to lead the developer team as CTO after turning down an offer from Amazon Web Services. As an Electrical and Computer Engineer, she brings considerable experience in backend development from working in large multinational organisations, down to early stage tech startups. She is responsible for ensuring consistency and quality in Zelda’s software development, as well as making strategic decisions around technology providers and internal product development.
Jasanth Moodley has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and, while at university, co-founded a creative consulting agency and lead their photography arm. At Zelda he has taken on the role of COO and is in charge of operations and business development. He plays an integral role in the management of daily activities within the company, as well as in longer-term strategy.
Dominic Schorr put his studies in Mechatronics Engineering on hold to work on Zelda full-time. He was elected chairperson of the Undergraduate Faculty Council for the EBE faculty at the University of Cape Town during the FeesMustFall movement and assisted in resolving the stalemate between students and university management at the end of 2015. He holds the position of CEO at Zelda.
Nirav Beni is a BSc Mechatronics graduate from the University of Cape Town. He is currently employed to develop machine learning and deep learning systems within the personality profiling backend, and aspires to enrich the platform with the advanced algorithms that modern technology offers. Having being brought up in an education-driven family, he shares the important sentiments that Zelda aspires to. Inspired by his passion for technology and art, he hopes to leave behind something beautiful in the EdTech space.
Mike Field is the lead software engineer in charge of developing the Android version of the Zelda Learning app. Working together with Carla, he is designing and developing the underlying architecture and frameworks of the service. He is currently in his final year of BSc Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Cape Town, and completing his final year project, which involves designing and implementing an optical character recognition system to analyze matric certificates and extract data from them. Once complete, the system will be able to be integrated within the Zelda Learning app to enable quicker sign up for students.
Seth Lurie is currently an intern at Zelda, working as a web developer and designing the online Student Platform. Seth (almost) has Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from UCT, where he rarely attended lectures. He has just started a Bachelors degree in Computer Science at Unisa. Seth is passionate about making a difference in the education of young people and also currently tutors Grade 11 and 12 students. Zelda has given him a platform to further that passion.

We’re not trying to change the game. We’re just trying to make sure that everyone is playing the same game on the same terms – we’re evening the playing field.
We help students find and unlock their true potential.

Simple.

Unlock your full potential

Office

66 Albert Road Cape Town, Western Cape 7925

Mail

connect@zelda.org.za

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