Muscat alumna wins prestigious Thiel Fellowship
MUSCAT: Aparna Krishnan, an alumnus of the Indian School Al Ghubra (2015 batch), Oman is among 20 people chosen worldwide for the prestigious 2018 Thiel Fellowship by the Thiel Foundation (USA).
The Fellowship programme, which was launched in 2011, encourages talented young people to pursue big ideas and start companies instead of attending college.
Fellows receive $100,000 and mentorship from the Thiel Foundation’s network of technology founders, investors, and scientists. To date, companies created by Thiel Fellows are worth more than $3 billion combined, not including Thiel fellow-created Ethereum, a distributed computing platform whose cryptocurrency Ether has a market cap of about $50 billion as of June 22.
Oman has been home to Aparna through her entire schooling. Aparna was a bright young achiever from ISG, having consistently secured high international recognition in academics as well as in Olympiads and hackathons. Curious about mathematics and its applications from an early age, she explored Rubik’s Cubing and Vedic Maths in detail and participated in international competitions. She has been a leader in clubs popularising and facilitating the adoption of Blockchain technology amongst students and companies globally. She has taken a lead role in educating and empowering women in this blockchain space through conferences such as SHE256 women in the blockchain.
She is passionate about Blockchain. She is the co-founder of ‘Mechanism Labs’, the world’s first open-source research lab, focusing on spearheading the blockchain technology based on crypto economic research. Through the open source lab, Aparna aspires to foster collaboration between researchers and enable innovation in a way that has not been possible before. Her lab is going live shortly. With this year’s award, Aparna joins the elite crypto community’s most notable Thiel Fellow- Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin, who received the Fellowship in 2014.
Aparna has also provided training in Blockchain to several organisations in countries including Oman, Mexico, India, Hong Kong and the USA.
“The environment for entrepreneurs is the best it’s ever been,” said Jack Abraham, executive chairman of the Thiel Fellowship. “This year’s class proves that there’s still a hunger for individuals seeking unconventional approaches.”
“College isn’t for everyone, and it certainly isn’t for everyone fresh out of high school,” said Allyson Dias, director of the Thiel Fellowship. “Leaving behind the safety of the classroom and choosing to build a business instead isn’t easy or glamorous. But our Fellows have found what we suspect to be true more broadly: young people learn best by doing things in the real world.”
Thiel Foundation supports science, technology and long-term thinking about the future. It is founded by Peter Thiel, an entrepreneur and investor in several successful technology companies.