Pooja Baraskar

The Innovator

Pooja Baraskar is an Intel® Software Innovator making a big impact in the small town in central India where she hails from. She has recently published a book 'Practical Internet of Things,' with the world’s leading tech publisher, Apress. But very few people know that Pooja is not a qualified engineer.

Pooja Baraskar is an Intel® Software Innovator making a big impact in the small town in central India where she hails from. Having seen the struggles of her agrarian community, she looked to Internet of Things (IoT) technology to find simple solutions that would increase the quality of life for those around her. Her app, Kisani ("farmer" in Hindi), uses IoT technology to assist farmers in optimizing their crops for the highest possible yields. She represents women in tech and was awarded as 'Most Valuable Professional' by Microsoft. She has won many hackathons and technology challenges, worldwide. She is currently working as Senior Innovation Specialist at KONE R&D.

Learning programming was never easy for her. Being from a small town, she learned things in a hard way. She still remembers she was the only girl in her school who opted for Computer Science and later she was forced to withdraw and choose Hindi. With all her struggles, she now aims to teach others programming in the easiest way. You will find her speaking in many tech conferences and can learn by her articles online in many programming communities and forums. She has recently published a book 'Practical Internet of Things,' with the world’s leading tech publisher, Apress. Very few people know that Pooja is not a qualified engineer. According to her, “You don’t need to be an engineer to be an inventor”.


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