The Hush Post / 11:40am/ 2-min-read
Five class XII girls studying in a Noida school have developed a mobile App that connects children at orphanages with senior citizens in old-age homes. Their innovation has fetched them a bronze medal at a global tech competition in the US.
The App, called Maitri, aims at bringing together individuals suffering from loneliness and depression and those lacking the nurturing love of elderly role models, said the all-girl team ‘Tech Witches’.
The App, available for free on Google playstore, also allows users to volunteer and donate to old-age homes and orphanages.
The developers include Ananya Grover, Vanshika Yadav, Vasudha Sudhinder, Anushka Sharma and Arefa, all of them are students of Amity International School in Noida.
“We want to break the stereotype that girls don’t belong in the fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and technology, ” said Ananya Grover.
The girls went to San Francisco, US, in August to participate in the Technovation Challenge. It is the world’s largest technology and entrepreneurship programme for girls.
“Maitri allows old-age homes and orphanages to sign up and organise meetings, thus facilitating children and senior citizens to spend time together. The app has seen over 1,000 downloads till date and has 13 old-age homes and 7 orphanages connected through it,” said Ananya.
Citing statistics on elderly people and children being increasingly abandoned, the students said the idea for their App originated from their shared passion for social welfare.
The Maitri developers are now looking forward to crowdfund $40,000, the investment needed for the first year of operations.