Meet the people behind the magic
Our team is made up entrepreneurs, business strategists, education champions, marketers and technologists but above all we are a team of people who share the vision of inspiring the next generation of writers, creators and thinkers.
CEO & Founder
Priyanka is a mom to 2 boys and a Digital Citizenship advocate. A technologist at heart, she took her passion for the human factor in technology and founded PopSmartKids to drive the Mentor-Over-Monitor revolution and to reimagine digital playtime for the 21st century learners. Priyanka holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering and an MBA in Strategy and Systems from Purdue University. Prior to launching her company she was a Technical Program Manager for a mid-size startup. An active volunteer at the local school community she believes education is the key to a better future.
Debprakash Patnaik is a technical leader with a PhD in Data Mining & Machine Learning. He has years of experience in building highly efficient teams, in the areas of artificial intelligence and machine learning. He currently leads the personalization models group in Alexa Speech Recognition Organization, at Amazon. He runs the Seattle machine learning meetup for enthusiasts to share the latest and greatest experiments with others in the machine learning/data science community.
Kelsey Riley Dixon
Kelsey Dixon is Co-Founder + President of davies + dixon, a digital marketing firm servicing the tech and edtech industries. Her firm works with major names in edtech like ISTE, DigCitCommit, Skillrise and more. Kelsey serves as our marketing advisor to help direct internal decisions in marketing strategy and messaging.
Dianna Winegarden is currently VP of Client Success at DreamBox Learning®, the company that pioneered Intelligent Adaptive Learning™ technology used in schools and districts across the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Prior to her role at Dreambox, Dianna was COO for Level Technology, a company that is redesigning financial services to better meet the needs of those facing income volatility. Dianna has a mixture of experiences as an early stage founder and an executive at enterprise software companies.
Kialyn is a Virtual Assistant with more than 5 years of experience in different areas of practice and has the privileged to work with different clients from the US, UK, Australia, and Singapore. She’s also a graduate of Bachelor of Science in Information Technology. Her responsibility includes social media management and research work.
Sanzida is a sophomore at New York Institute of Technology studying Computer Science. She is passionate about making a difference in the world and helping users use technology in a positive way. She is interested in IOS Development and Data Science and is currently working as a Software Engineering intern on the team.