ABOUT US

who are we?

Join Hackberry on its mission to inspire and empower the next generation! We currently offer courses in coding, STEAM, Design thinking, and entrepreneurship. We also run our flagship Kidpreneur Competition – a business plan competition for students aged 10 -15.

We've trained over 10000 students in coding, and entrepreneurship. We've run our programs at schools including Bombay International School, DSB International School, Fazlani L'Acedemie Global, and JBCN, Parel, American School, The Bombay Scottish, Todden, AIS, and Ascend International.

Our programs are created to build curiosity, active engagement, and to encourage learning by doing. Our innovative curriculum is designed to augment formal education and is the collective brainchild of experienced coders, and educators – many of whom happen to be parents!  Using small class teaching, student learning is optimized to their needs and their pace. Lastly, every class is FUN, engaging and interactive!

We now run our flagship programs in an online format, and have launched Teachberry, a platform to make it easy for schools to teach coding to their students.

OUR CORE TEAM

Our Founders

Ashni Dwarkadas (Co-Founder): Ashni, an erstwhile Investment Banker, has an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, and is passionate about early education. She is dedicated to developing fun educational programs to impart imagination, creativity, problem-solving skills, curiosity, and an adaptability to succeed. Ashni is a mom to a curious 9-year-old and an energetic 6 year-old, who continue to be the primary inspiration for all the program launches at Hackberry!

Anisha Parikh (Co-Founder): Anisha is a serial entrepreneur who enjoys the challenge and excitement of building different businesses. Her love for coding and technology, coupled with an interest in the education industry transpired the beginning of Hackberry. She believes it’s important to feel comfortable with technology early in life, which is why she has made it her mission to bring high quality and fun classes to kids.Anisha enjoys yoga, music and spending time with her daughter.

OURCURRICULUM EXPERTS

Avni has a Masters, ECE from Carnegie Mellon University, and has joined the Hackberry team as a Curriculum Director. She’s passionate about coding, and teaching it to kids in fun, unique and creative ways! She incorporates feedback from teachers, schools, and students to continuously improve the Hackberry curriculum.

Swati has been at the forefront in creating and developing the content for the courses that Hackberry offers. An alumnus of Welingkar Institute of Management University with 11+ years of professional experience, Swati is an education enthusiast with a passion for Coding and STEAM. A voracious reader with a penchant for travel, Swati loves creating curriculum, and enjoys teaching too.

Our Teachers

Akhila Gomez, Coding Instructor

Specialized in Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Akhila has been on the judging panel in the World Robot Olympiad at a Regional Level for two consecutive years. Her knowledge and enthusiasm are infectious as she mentors her students through the App Development and Scratch sessions. Her students describe her classes, as engaging, fun, and full of learning!

Kokila Lowe, Coding instructor

A certified Oracle ADMP (Application Development Master Program) and an experienced Coding instructor, Kokila is passionate about education, and loves to code! She has been mentoring students in App Development and Scratch sessions. Her attention to detail, in-depth coding knowledge, and love for teaching shine through in her sessions.

Mansi Mishra, Coding Instructor

Mansi is an engineer, specialized in Electronic Engineering. She is a sincere and passionate teacher. Her patience and enthusiasm makes her a favourite with our youngest Hackberry students! She finds Hackberry to be the perfect platform to grow professionally.

Nehal Vora, Coding Instructor

Nehal is an MBA with over 5 years of experience. A passionate and gentle teacher, Nehal is an expert at simplifying complex concepts for our youngest learners. Her enthusiasm for learning and her ability to connect with her students make her classes engaging and fun!

Alpa Thakkar, Coding Instructor

An experienced Engineer by profession who has over 8 years of experience, Alpa has demonstrated exceptional analytical reasoning while explaining concepts to the students. Her interests rally around 3 Ts, namely Teaching, Technology and Travelling