Kaustav Mitra Joins Tynker as Vice President of Educator Programs
Former President of Infosys Foundation USA to Help Educators Bring 21st Century Skills to Kids of All Ages
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – February 6, 2019 – Tynker, the leader in helping kids to use code to become 21st century makers, today announced that Kaustav Mitra has joined the company as Vice President of Educator Programs. At Tynker, Mitra will focus on helping educators make coding fun, accessible and appealing to students of all ages.
Kaustav Mitra formerly served as Chairperson and President of Infosys Foundation USA, the largest private charitable foundation in the U.S. focused on K-12 computer science and maker education programs targeting underserved communities. At the foundation, Mitra launched several key initiatives including a pioneering partnership with the National Science Foundation and DonorsChoose.org for crowdfunding Computer Science professional development for teachers. He also launched the Pathfinders Summer Institute, a weeklong computer science and maker education professional development program for 600 K-12 teachers. Mitra also oversaw $19 million in grants to over 40 not-for-profits nationwide, benefiting over 20,000 schools and positively impacting close to five million students.
Prior to Infosys, Mitra served as a Global Vice President at SAP where he conceived, designed and launched SAP Startup Focus, SAP’s engagement with the global startup community.
“Our mission at Tynker is to democratize coding so that students of all ages and backgrounds can use software to become tomorrow’s makers,” said Krishna Vedati, co-founder and CEO of Tynker. “I am thrilled that Kaustav has joined the Tynker team to focus on our relationships with educators. He will be an invaluable asset to educators, summer and after-school program directors and instructors, and schools in underserved communities who are looking to help their students meet 21st century opportunities head on.”
“Educators today are well aware of the ability to combine a child’s creativity with programming skills to produce amazing learning outcomes,” said Kaustav Mitra, Vice President of Educator Programs at Tynker. “I am thrilled to join the Tynker team in its mission to help children of all ages use coding to learn new skills, make learning in and out of the classroom more engaging, and create whatever their imaginations desire.”
Tynker’s award-winning creative computing platform helps children develop computational thinking and programming skills so they can become the makers of tomorrow. The Tynker platform is used by one in three U.S. K-8 schools and 60 million kids across 150 countries. Tynker was founded by a seasoned team of technology entrepreneurs who share a passion for giving children the critical life skills needed to become leaders in the technologies of tomorrow. Global partners include brands such as Apple, Microsoft, Mattel, PBS, Sylvan Learning, and more. Tynker is accessible from any computer with an Internet browser, as well as via the Tynker iPad app, and offers both a free and paid subscription option. For more information, visit www.tynker.com.