tech2 News StaffNov 16, 2014 11:05:26 IST
Reuben Paul, the 8-year old CEO of gaming firm Prudent Games, is perhaps the youngest tech prodigy to have proved that age is hardly a barrier for those who want to make a difference. At Children's Day, Reuben’s presentation focussed on how millions of children using Internet face online threats. He spoke about various things including cyber bullying, hacking and exposure to undesirable content. According to DNA, the audience - including cyber experts and policy makers - listened to him attentively and were quite impressed with the his knowledge,skills and style. Let's take a look at 10 others who’ve gone beyond their years to make a mark in the tech world.
Joey Hudy was only 16 when he invented an air cannon that fired a marshmallow over the heads of an audience, which US President Barack Obama was a part of. Hudy has since become the youngest intern at Intel and has conceptualized a nuanced design that includes prescription lenses, built-in headphones, a 3D camera and sensor that can read gesture control, plus EEG sensors that monitor brainwaves and respond accordingly.
18-year old Eesha Khare has helped develop a supercapacitor that can fully charge a cell phone battery in 20 to 30 seconds. The technology could also be applied to power cars. The device is said to last for 10,000 charge-recharge cycles, compared to only 1,000 cycles for conventional rechargeable batteries.
12 year old Shubham Banerjee has built the first low-cost Braille printer, called Braigo, using the Lego Mindstorms EV3 kit. Intel has announced that it would invest in his company, Braigo Labs. This will help Braigo Labs build a new, improved prototype and bring it to market by next year.
Five year old Ayan Qureshi is the youngest-ever Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP). The Pakistan-born kid has successfully created a computer network by connecting two PCs, two laptops, one switch and a router that can communicate with each other.
Nick D'Aloisio was 16 when he founded the online news aggregator app, Summly. According to his website, he created the original prototype of the app at the age of 15, which received over 200,000 downloads and was chosen by Apple as its App of the Week in the UK and other countries.
John and Patrick Collison
The two brothers were 16 and 19 when they sold an online auction and management system ‘Auctomatic’ to a Canadian company for $5 million. They went on become founders of Stripe, an online payments company that processes billions of dollars a year for thousands of companies in 11 countries.
Davis Barrow is a 12 year old building a smartwatch, which improves upon smartwatch interfaces from Apple and Android. According to WRAL, the design of the smartwatch is inspired by Davis's hobby of cultivating honey bees. The watch face looks a lot like a honeycomb, and is hence named Comb720. Lenovo has offered $50,000 to support Barrow's project.
17 year old Animesh Tripathi has developed a Google Chrome extension, called ReColor, that optimises any webpage for the colour blind. He decided to work on this extension when a close friend was declared unfit to join the Indian Air Force for being diagnosed with colour blindness.
14 year old Grant Goodman has built an advertising-free app called Prodigus to play online videos "fast with no compromises." At a young age he has launched his own startup, creating three iOS apps. He has also created an app for Google Glass that displays its remaining battery power.
Shravan and Sanjay Kumaran
14-year old Sharavan Kumaran and his 12 year old sibling Sanjay Kumaran are already CEOs of their own startup Go Dimensions - an app development firm. Their first app - Catch me Cop was a hit on the App Store with over 35,000 downloads, according to The Times of India. The Kumaran brothers have since developed more than eleven apps on the Apple App Store.
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