Umesh and Hippocampus have been actively involved in many social innovations in education.
Hippocampus currently operates more than 250 low cost pre-schools and 2 private schools in Rural India. Hippocampus’s framework for making libraries work for first generation learners has been adopted in more than 10 states and a few countries in India. Hippocampus was India’s first sustainable children’s library and has been in operation for more than 12 years.
Umesh was selected an Ashoka Fellow in 2008 as recognition of the work done by him and Hippocampus towards promoting reading. He was selected an Ashoka Globalizer in 2011. Umesh Malhotra founded Bangalore Labs, India's first IT infrastructure management firm. He started his career with Infosys Technologies and is a graduate of IIT-Madras. He loves dogs, trekking and the beach.