15-year-old scientist and inventor named as TIME Magazine’s first ‘Kid of the Year’

  • Young scientist Gitanjali Rao has been named as TIME Magazine’s “Kid of the Year”
  • She has invented an app named Kindly, partnered with organizations and schools for innovation workshops and is currently studying how to cleanse contaminated drinking water
  • Rao said she wants to inspire other teens to help find solutions to the world’s problems

A 15-year-old scientist and inventor has been named by TIME Magazine as “Kid of the Year”.

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For the first time ever, Time has presented its “Kid of the Year” award to recognize kids who make a positive impact in their community. The magazine partnered with Nickelodeon to identify “rising leaders of America’s youngest generation.”

This year the young scientist Gitanjali Rao was named and recognized for her efforts and inventions. Rao has been chosen for her work using technology to address issues ranging from contaminated drinking water and cyberbullying. She is also on a mission to create a global community of young innovators to help solve problems all over the world.

Rao made the app, Kindly, which is able to detect cyberbullying at an early stage, based on artificial-­intelligence technology.

The young inventor has also partnered with rural schools, girls in STEM organizations, museums all across the world, and bigger organizations like Shanghai International Youth Science and Technology group and the Royal Academy of Engineering in London to run innovation workshops and encourage the youth to explore and invent.

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Currently, Rao is working on an easy way to help detect bio-contaminants in water, like parasites.

“My goal has really shifted not only from creating my own devices to solve the world’s problems, but inspiring others to do the same as well. Because, from personal experience, it’s not easy when you don’t see anyone else like you. So I really want to put out that message: If I can do it, you can do it, and anyone can do it,” Rao shared.

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