At Lumaki Labs Inc. our mission is to make STEM education more accessible and approachable for all students regardless of their gender, ethnicity, race, or geographic area. "Lumaki" is a word derived from the Filipino language and its translation means "to grow". Our goals are to help students and organizations grow through our work and services. We strive for a more collaborative STEM ecosystem where both organizations and students play a part in the future of science, technology, engineering, and math.
WHO WE ARE
We're a student-led social enterprise. We hope to inspire other young people to make an impact in their community because you're never too young (or too old) to do something you're passionate about.
Co-founder & CEO
Mylene stepped into entrepreneurship during her first year of engineering at the University of Waterloo. Driven by intrinsic motivation and a passion towards empowering young women in STEM, she started Lumaki Labs (formerly known as FEM in STEM) by turning her failures and experiences into social good. Through her work she has been recognized as a Woman of Influence (WOI Toronto 2018), a Woman of Inspiration (Universal Womens Network 2019), and has received the CCEW & BPW Empowerment Award (2018). With her optimism and co-op experience in EdTech consulting, she runs the consulting prong of the organization. She loves public speaking (despite being introverted), running, psychology, and exploring cafes around the area.
Hussein helps the team with his technical background in STEM and past social entrepreneurship experience through studying Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo and a venture that addresses energy poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. Hussein leads the the Catalyst Program to help build relationships with Lumaki Labs' student audience and give back to the student community.
Co-founder & COO
Fatimah leads the technical portfolio of Lumaki Labs. She is currently an undergraduate engineering student at the University of Waterloo and manages the technical workshops and resources for students as well as co-hosts Lumaki Lab’s podcast Pain Points and Pull Requests. When she’s not in class or hacking away at her latest project, Fatimah likes to kickbox, spend time with her cat, and has recently started exploring the world of aerial fitness.