Irynsoft, a mobile software company in the California Bay Area, has built a software platform to turn inexpensive Android tablets into powerful educational tools, creating a superior alternative for students to the iPad at less than half the price. Irynsoft tablets are restricted to approved educational content, remotely manageable by adults, and capable of offline operation—features critical to keeping students focused and productive while maintaining the trust of parents and educators. This is an affordable alternative for cash-strapped parents and school districts to increase access to educational resources, including a wealth of free open education resources. By enabling access at affordable prices, Irynsoft can build a bridge across the digital divide.
Irynsoft's past software products have been downloaded over 70,000 times. Irynsoft has been cited in Time magazine's 50 Best Websites (as part of MIT's OpenCourseware), Startl's Education Innovator's Showcase, and Fast Company's Top 10 Innovative Education Companies.
Sandy Khaund has fifteen years of experience in technology development and management, most recently as COO of Piczo, a social networking site with 35 million accounts. Sandy spent six years at Microsoft, where he was director of development of community software for microsoft.com. He also has held positions at Intel, BCG, and Lockheed Martin, and filed three patents. Sandy holds BSEE and M.ENg from Cornell University, a BA from Ithaca College, and an MBA from Wharton.