Wyz Maker Lab is a Palo Alto-based educational technology company, and the creator of Wyz Create as well as a range of educational apps now available in the App Store.
Coding the Future.
We believe STEM + creativity is a powerful combination. Our platform was designed and built to teach kids the fundamentals of computational thinking they'll need to succeed in a technology-based world while keeping creativity and imagination at the forefront.
Imagine it. Create it.
Much more than just a game-building system, Wyz Create teaches the basics of logic and coding in an easy-to-learn, visual way that doesn’t require users to fight through complicated syntax. Wyz Create empowers users to bring their imagination to life with a limitless variety of apps. Wyz Create inspires creativity by allowing users to share their creations with others within our platform and even through publishing in Apple’s App Store.
Meet the Team
we are parents, scientists, makers, kids at heart
Awele Ndili - Co-founder & CTO
Awele was inspired to build Wyz Create for his sons so they could design and build their own mobile Apps. He has created more than 80 mobile Apps. He was co-founder of MShift, a mobile banking company, and served as its Chairman, CEO and CTO for 8 years. Awele was also a founding member and the technology architect at the formerly publicly traded ImproveNet that facilitated over $1 billion in contracts since its inception. He was also the lead Project Manager for the GPS system onboard Stanford University's successful Gravity Probe B space satellite, launched by NASA in 2004. He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Stanford. He's also a pilot and avid sailor.
Bob Stevens - Co-founder & CEO
Bob's interest in his sons' education led to founding and becoming CEO of Earthquest/Learning Magic, an educational software company for kids ages 4-14. Products included Earthquest, Earthquest Explores Ecology, Time Treks, Math Ace and Word City. Earthquest was sold to a publicly traded company. Bob was later co-founder and CEO of ImproveNet, an internet service company that went public on NASDAQ after raising $130 million. He earned an Industrial Engineering degree from Univ. of Florida and an MBA from Stanford. His wife and two sons are teachers. Bob's grandkids, Joshua & Gemma, have rekindled his interest in educating kids.
Stephanie Boyer - COO
Stephanie's interest in early science education is renewed daily watching her daughter interact with and explore the world around her. Stephanie studied psychology, mathematics and zoology at the University of Oklahoma prior to getting her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of California, San Diego. Her work experience spans areas as diverse as cell biology research, web design, photography and finance management. In 2010, she applied her analytical skills to the start-up and growth of an independent real investment company, which now manages over $70 million in assets. Stephanie is excited to be sharing her love of science & learning with young minds.
Anne-Sophie Mommessin - Marketing Director
Anne-Sophie started her career at the leading TV Network in France launching web properties for Reality TV shows. She then was head of marketing at several successful Silicon Valley startups. Anne-Sophie has two kids, that love sports and languages including French and Chinese. She became passionate about Wyz Create while trying to find new ways to develop her children's creativity and STEM skills. Anne-Sophie has an MBA from top French University Grenoble Ecole de Management (GEM) with a focus on web marketing.
Jasmine Reynoso - Creative Director
Jasmine received her Bachelor of Science in Product Design from the Science, Technology, & Society Department at Stanford University. Her fascination with studying the interconnected social systems involved in designing products for the greater good has molded her diverse career experience - from creating international experiential education programs to leading the development and social media efforts of an environmental non-profit. Jasmine truly views the world as her classroom, having traveled to about 30 countries so far, exploring the splendor of nature and cultures found in our magnificent world.
Kimberly Policarpio - Product Development & Video Wyz
Kimberly Policarpio graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. During her time at Berkeley, she worked as a research assistant in the clinical and social psychology departments, treating patients to undergo EEG. She also worked as a design manager and editor for The Undergraduate Journal of Psychology. As a published author, she writes prose pieces that are submitted for charity such as Save the Children and manages her own magazines. Whether it was shaking hands with former President Barack Obama or traveling to over a dozen countries, Kimberly loves living for an experience. She is currently working on her third novel.
We give thanks to a continuing cast of Wyz Kids who have brought life and genius to our work. These include first and foremost Wayne West (left), whose organizing talent and steady hand was critical to our R & D efforts; former Wyz Kids Advika Gupta (right), Janet Phan, and Sophia Brink; our wonderful interns John Knowles, Ryan Brown, Ivan Salinas, and Ruizhi (Rachel) Zhu; teacher and math wyz Jason Stevens wrote our wonderful History of Math story and gave key input into our math apps; Julia Foug contributed wonderful design work; Peter Cassell created and modeled our 13 robots; and of course, Kene Ndili, who inspired our App Making platform and continues to expand our horizons with his innovative games and ideas.