Randy graduated from University of Alberta in 1989 with a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering. While in University, he was recognized internationally for research projects he conducted to help a friend who had suffered a high-level spinal cord injury. That work spawned a company called Madentec that Randy founded while still in University. His products have helped the likes of Christopher Reeve, Muhammad Ali, and thousands of other people with disabilities worldwide to access a computer hands-free. His work resulted in the world’s first autocorrect software shipping in 1990. His inventions have resulted in two Guinness World Records, 14 patents, and spin-offs of his assistive technology inventions are being used by hundreds of millions of people every day.
Randy founded Swype Inc. (the leading text input solution for SmartPhones), Cleankeys Inc. (a company focused on reducing the spread of harmful infections in healthcare settings), and Dryft (touch-typing on tablet computers).
Randy has received numerous awards, appeared in the media, and served on many industry boards, some of which are shown below:
- Runner-up at TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco, 2013 (for Dryft)
- Founding Board Member & President of Technology Alberta Industry Association 2012
- Recipient of the Manning Innovation Award (Canada-wide), 2011
- Recipient of the Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist Award from Ernst and Young, 2010
- Recipient of Alumni Recognition Award, University of Alberta 2009
- Third Place, TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2008 (for Swype)
- Recipient of ASTech Award (Societal Impact) 2008 and 1996
- Recipient of “Best New Product” Award – American Dental Association, 2007
- Advisory Council member on disabilities law for the US Federal Government (TEITAC)
- Vice President & Founding Board Member of the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA)
- Recipient of Early Achievement Award – APEGGA (Professional Engineers) 1995
- Recipient of IEEE Life Member Award 1990
- First Place, Canadian Engineering Competition: (1988)
Randy currently resides in Saratoga, California. He is also an amateur musician and can play the piano, guitar, trumpet, and accordion. Randy lived in Japan for 2 years and speaks Japanese fluently.