Sunil Shivaji Khandbahale
Sunil Khandbahale 2015
|Alma mater||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
MIT Sloan School of Management
|Occupation||Founder & CEO, KHANDBAHALE.COM|
Founder & CEO, KHANDBAHALE.ORG
Founder & Secretory, Global Prosperity Foundation
Co-Founder & President, Kumbhathon
Sunil Shivaji Khandbahale (born June 1, 1978) is a MIT Sloan Fellow, Innovator and Entrepreneur from Nashik, India. He is best known as a founder and CEO of KHANDBAHALE.COM, a free multilingual digital dictionary and translation platform for 23 languages, with a vocabulary of 10 million words and phrases.
Early life and education
Khandbahale was born in Nashik. He could not afford to enroll at a computer training institute after graduating high school, and so borrowed books and computer from his friend and taught himself programming.
Khandbahale developed a dictionary search engine program for Marathi. He continued compiling dictionaries, and in 2005, set up an online dictionary portal, khandbahale.com, for various Indian languages. He is Sloan Fellow and earned a masters in business management MBA degree at MIT Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
In 2012, he launched 12 Language Dictionary on 12 December 2012 at 12 hours, 12 minutes and 12 seconds. In early 2013 Khandbahale launched his twelve-languages dictionary on an SMS platform. His Languages Apps are also available on the Android platform.
He also founded KHANDBAHALE.ORG, an organization which develops language-related projects such as Global Language Networking, Global Language Heritage, Global Language Friendship, Global Language Environment. He is a founder and secretary of the Global Prosperity Foundation, an NGO that focused on education, health and environment. In 2013 he was given an award as a youth icon by the Maharashtra Times. On 27 December 2013, he co-founded Kumbhathon with MIT Professor Ramesh Raskar, an innovation platform to spot problems and probe solutions in Nashik. In 2014, in conjunction with Mumbai University, he started developing an English to Sanskrit thesaurus for use with mobile phones.
- Best entrepreneur of the year "Yashokirti Award", from the Computer Society of India.
- Best Local Language Website Award from the Internet and Mobile Association of India.
- International "Manthan Award" from the United Nation’s World Summit on the Information Society.
- "Youth Icon" Award from the Times Group.
- National ICT VASVIK Industrial Research Award
- "Find an English match online in Marathi, Hindi and now Gujarati". Indian Express, Pranav Kulkarni : Pune, Jun 23 2009.
- Rajmohan Sooraj (November 3, 2013). "Words without borders". The Hindu. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
- "Young Achievers". Indian Express. 11 November 2013. Retrieved 5 January 2015.
- "Go, make your own road". The Telegraph, 11.02.2015
- "Kumbhathons". Kuwait Times, 15 August, 2015, page 14
- "आता बोलता शब्दकोश". Maharashtra Times. 11 January 2003. Retrieved 5 August 2013.[permanent dead link]
- "First English-Marathi online dictionary launched". The Economic Times. June 10, 2008. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
- "MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY LEGATUM CENTER FOR DEVELOPMENT & ENTREPRENEURSHIP". MIT Legatum ENTREPRENEURS. Legatum Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
- "12th language added in online dictionary", DNA India
- "Online dictionaries launched in 12 languages on 12-12-12". Deccan Herald, December 12, 2012
- "Translate Marathi words into English using mobile phone". Hindustan Times. 5 August 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
- "Android Apps : KHANDBAHALE.COM". Google Play Store. Google. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
- "Android-based language Apps". KHANDBAHALE.COM. KHANDBAHALE.COM. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
- "Youth Icon". Maharashtra Times. March 16, 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
- "Parents protest against school". Times of India, March 8, 2013
- "From Waze for crowds to Uber for street food – MIT innovations at Kumbh Mela ". The Guardian
- "KumbhaThon: MIT team visits Nashik to help for Kumbhmela". DNA.
- "India's Kumbhamela is incubator for smart city ideas" THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
- "Kumbhathon to focus on tech - Sunil Khandbahale Times of India
- "Soon, learn Sanskrit via your cellphone". Hindustan Times.
- CSI Yashokirti Award
- Khandbahale receiving CSI award from D B Pathak IIT Mumbai Chairman
- The Second Edition of India Digital Awards
- IAMAI India Digital Award Winners
- mBillionth Award, South Asia 2012
- VASVIK Award Winners in Information & Communication Technology