Hla Hla Win
Hla Hla is CEO and Co-Founder of 360ed, an Educational Technology social enterprise based in Yangon, Myanmar. She is on a mission to democratize access to quality education. 360ed leverages advanced technologies of Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Artificial Intelligence (AI), combined with 3-D, concept and animation arts on digital mobile phones to build new engaging self-directed distance-learning tools for K-12 students and to bring scalable, immediate, and exponential impacts in transforming the way human beings learn and teach starting from Myanmar and South East Asia.
She is an entrepreneur, the daughter of a teacher, who grew up in a modest part of Dagon, Yangon. Hla Hla struggled in school as a dyslexic student and made it through with the help of her teacher-mother. She is committed to expanding education for all and giving every student and teacher the latest digital tools with which to learn.
Hla Hla launched 360ed in Silicon Valley with the help of a Google Innovation grant. In late 2016 she returned to Myanmar to build the company (now a team of 70+ full timers). 360ed produces a product line of Augmented Reality based learning tools for K-12 students in English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) and in the sciences (STEM). 360ed has shipped product to schools and students in Myanmar and is now expanding to the rest of ASEAN, Japan and soon to the United States.
In 2019, 360ed signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Myanmar Ministry of Education to help accelerate the education reform process. Since then, 360ed has provided annually free access to English mobile applications for up to five million students from Grade 1, 2, 3 and 6. Like-minded private donors and companies also joined the company’s mission sponsoring the development cost of the apps so that 360ed could digitalize the curriculum with Augmented Reality mobile apps.