Alan is a fourth-year Engineering Science student at the University of Toronto, majoring in Electrical and Computer Engineering. His fields of interest include software, technology, and design with an emphasis on human-computer Interaction. Alan ran the Hacker Academy at U of T, a club that allows him to have a creative and insightful perspective, collaborate with others and always learn more. He also holds the human aspect of technology in high regard, valuing both how people develop technology and how technology serves people and society. Helping people is important to Alan and he volunteers hundreds of hours at a library, runs children’s programs, peer tutors, is a camp counselling and more. He finds technical innovation captivating, but being able to make a difference in the lives of others is his ultimate goal. This is where his passion for his venture idea, Chill, comes from. Chill is a service that lets people create and join events within groups such as friends, coworkers, pick-up sport groups etc. There is a clear gap in how people build and sustain relationships in a digital world. Existing social networks encourage artificial and unfulfilling connections. Chill will let people make plans in a way that’s not intimidating, encouraging people to forge relationships.
He is also open to other venture ideas. Alan’s hobbies include squash, gaming, and learning about tech.