What is eduCommit?
It was May, and my parents had booked tickets for my trip to India. Since my last visit in 2012, I saw many opportunities for improvement, such as educational quality, and wanted to make a difference this time when I went. Thinking along the lines of being good with computers, I set my mind to finding a good way to make a change. I then remembered I had helped out with an organization named Pratham, which is a NGO currently helping solve the educational crisis in various states in India. I thought that if I could devise some way of making money for Pratham, through my computer science skills, then that would be a solid product.
After a few days of thinking, the idea of a social network finally hit me. Mentors could sign up for this site, and since they are advertising themselves, would have to pay a reasonable subscription fee of $10.99/mo., and mentees, since they are simply looking for education, could sign up for free. The mentors would tutor mentees who could afford it in all the parts of the world, in America, Europe, and other developed countries, and the money raised from these interactions would go towards funding those underprivileged children who cannot afford a proper education. Thus, the idea of eduCommit was born.
This genesis was somewhere in the end of May. Around this time, I got my acceptance letter into Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics, which is a highly selective state-funded summer camp on a UNC campus in which students do research for a month on a topic of their choice. I realized I would be among the brightest in the State of North Carolina, so I knew I had to have a good research project so as to not embarrass myself. While pondering a topic for Summer Ventures, I realized I could do eduCommit as a research project entailing the various finances and statistical analyses of starting a nonprofit.
Around the time I was thinking about all this, I met a friend from Summer Ventures through a Kik chat a fellow Venturer put together named Neeraj Gandhi. I told him about this idea, and he seemed eager to work on it as well. As soon as we got to Summer Ventures, we had planned out our project, got with our mentor, Dr. Ramesh Mathur, who is a professor in Mathematics and Physics at Shaw University, my Mathematical Methods mentor, and Indian — the perfect mentor for us because he can relate to all the mathematical models of startup costs and finances, as well as the points of why we are doing this for India.
After working very hard for four weeks, Neeraj and I finished the site (with the exception of the payment functionality because my mother does not trust me with a credit card), and received a Catalyst award for Outstanding Research, along with being a runner-up for presenting our project at the North Carolina State University Undergraduate Research Symposium among students at Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, and NC State University.
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Our Presentation -
Educommit: An Analytical Approach to Improving International Educational Quality and Accessibility BY: Neeraj Gandhi…docs.google.com