Twenty-one-year-old Harsh Songra has a schedule that could put any silicon valley techie to shame. At a time when most people his age are busy getting maximum likes on dating apps. Songra spends 12 to 17 hours a day writing algorithms. He has not taken a vacation in five years and doesn’t intend to. He created a app called My Child in the year 2015.
The app is based on tracking children’s health up to two years of age and helps screen for developmental delays. Parents of children could approach a doctor for advice and learn more about the condition their child may have through videos, podcasts and other content. The invention has received nods of appreciation from Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, he was part of the Forbes 30 under 30list for 2016, and he raised Rs 70 lakh from investors.
The motivation behind Songra’s invention was personal . he was dignosed with dyspraxia. A developmental disorder at 11, and was teased mercilessly for his clumsiness at school. “One in six children suffers from developmental disorders that are undiagnosed,” he says. “I wanted to help create awareness. The sixteen years old Akash Manoj revealed it was three years ago when a silent heart attack killed his grandfather.” There were no symptoms, he just collapsed,” says Manoj. Hosur based Manoj began doing research on silent heart attacks online, at the Indian Institute of Science Library, and via emails to professors.
He learnt that 85% of heart attacks cannot be diagnosed as there are no symptoms. But he also learnt that the heart sends out an SOS before failing. This cardiac biomarker, or a protein that’s found at higher levels in the bloodstream, could be isolated and used as a warning system, he believed. After three years of trial and error, Manoj created Save Heart, a sensor to detect silent heart attacks that costs Rs 900. He is still working on the application and is likely to launch the product by 2019.
A sixteen year old teen Arsh Shah Dilbagi got the idea of a device to convert breath into speech while he sitting is doctor’s office. He took his grandmother for a check-up when a crying man caught his attention. He was informed by the doctor that the man was unable to speak and express his problems. Arsh got curious and started doing research on ways to help people with neurological disorders. Dilbagi says, it took him less than a year to come up with the device that is valued at $100 a piece.
There are no devices much cheaper to this in market. He’s looking for funding to make the device available to the public. Pune –based Jahnavi Joshi and Nupura Kirloskar not only turned a college assignment into a startup idea but also managed to raise Rs 70 lakh in funding. What got them thinking was a performance by deaf dancers who followed visual cues from a teacher.” We wondered how there could be dance without music,” Joshi says. The two classically trained artistes set about exploring ways in which hearing impaired dancers could sense music with an aid.