Translating Ideas Into Action


Sridhar Dhanapalan is a problem solver at heart

He has a passion for using technology to empower people, organisations and societies around the globe

About Sridhar

Sridhar enjoys solving complex problems with innovative, multi-disciplinary solutions, working with people from different professional backgrounds and connecting the dots.

Having been a director of 6 organisations and a co-founder/founding-team member in 7 startups, he has professionally made a high impact in sectors including SMEs, startups, education, social enterprise, not-for-profits and government.

He has a passion for empowering people, organisations and society and has led development behind several world-first solutions.

With a reputation for solving complex problems with multi-disciplinary teams and approaches, he is known for his leadership and entrepreneurial flair. This has created new business initiatives that have truly created an impact and made a difference globally.


In organisations such as Fossmart, Native Title Services Victoria and VISITS, Sridhar has empowered organisations to thrive in changing regulatory and economic environments through new practice management systems and business practices. He has also led organisations through the development of new products to enter new markets as well as established practices to provide new managed services.


Sridhar has provided strategic direction and oversight in startups and not-for-profits such as Activity Central, Unleash Kids and OLPC enabling them to be more agile and competitive. He has experience establishing and leading teams as well as rolling out technologies used by millions of children worldwide and winning multi-million dollar government grants.



In organisations including URSYS, Solutions First and BizCubed, Sridhar has designed, built and managed business networks as well as create and implement policies and systems to streamline technical support activities to improve reliability and productivity both internally and externally.


Sridhar has worked at executive and senior leadership levels with experience building and leading teams in organisations including Western Sydney University, Fossmart and OLPC. He worked for Western Sydney University’s CIO to forge executive level relationships across the organisation and was a founding member of the Digital Strategy and Innovation unit. He has experience leading teams of subject matter and technical experts from around the globe delivering consistent and quality products, services and relationships.

Ventures and Projects


Co-Founder of CareerNexus, a unique talent acquisition platform that empowers both employer and candidate for better fit


Founder of Scalegy, Innovation and Technology consulting with a focus on strategic and business alignment
IT Management


Leader and keynote speaker in global open source projects and conferences. Held roles such as Director – Linux Australia and President – Sydney Linux Users Group
olpc, one laptop per child


We invented the first comprehensive children’s literacy experience for a hybrid laptop / tablet device and were rewarded with a $11.7m Federal Government grant


Sridhar gave talk in the main keynote room about our educational programme, in which he explains the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) mission and how they intend to achieve it.


Sridhar spoke at the on the OLPC mission in context of the ever changing landscape.


Sridhar has been a leader in international open source communities including Director of Linux Australia and President of Sydney Linux Users Group, as well as CTO for One Laptop Per Child with end-to-end technology responsibility across APAC.

Here you’ll find some of Sridhar’s featured articles, talks, publications and interviews.

HTML5 support in Browse

One of the most exciting improvements in OLPC OS 12.1.0 is a revamped Browse activity: Browse, Wikipedia and Help have been moved from Mozilla to WebKit internally, as the Mozilla engine can no longer be embedded into other applications (like Browse) and Mozilla has...

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XO-1 Training Pack

Our One Education programme is growing like crazy, and many existing deployments are showing interest. We wanted to give them a choice of using their own XOs to participate in the teacher training, rather than requiring them to purchase new hardware. Many have...

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XO-AU OS 12.0 Release Candidate 2 released

Release Candidate 2 of the 2012 OLPC Australia operating system, XO-AU OS 12, has been released. We hope to make a final release in two weeks, in time for the start of term 2 of school in Queensland and Northern Territory. To get started, visit our release notes page....

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OLPC Australia Education Newsletter, Edition 9

Edition 9 of the OLPC Australia Education Newsletter is now available. In this edition, we provide a few classroom ideas for mathematics, profile the Jigsaw activity, de-mystify the Home views in Sugar and hear about the OLPC journey of Girraween Primary School. To...

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OLPC Australia training resources

Underpinning the OLPC Australia education programme is a cache of training resources. In addition to our Online Course and Learner Manual, we have a set of help videos, hosted on our Vimeo channel. I have updated the OLPC Disassembly instructions for the top and...

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Contact Sridhar

Not afraid to ask the thought-provoking questions, Sridhar is inquisitive and experienced in unlocking the potential of SMEs, startups and not-for-profits.

Sridhar will bring his years of business, technical and personal experience to deliver strategy, process and capability to lead and drive your organisation forward.

Contact Sridhar if you’d like to know more about him or his ventures.

+61 425 239 701 |