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The 9 year-old has already developed a handful of apps for Apple’s iPhone and iPad

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  • Avitha Vijay has developed a handful of apps for Apple’s iPhone and iPad at the age of 9
  • She is all set to become the youngest visiting developer of WWDC
  • Smartkins Animals is one of her apps that is created for children

It’s true that age is not a factor affecting talent or potential. A 9-year old Indian-origin girl from Australia, Avitha Vijay, has proved it right. While most of the 9-year kids are trying to begin their life, she has not only developed ambitions but also succeeded to achieve them.

This little wonder, at the age of 9, has already developed a handful of apps for Apple’s iPhone and iPad. Recognising her potential, she has been invited by the US-based technology to its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event in San Francisco. With this invitation, she is all set to become the youngest visiting developer of WWDC.

Avitha Vijay, the 9 year-old app developer. Image source: Fortune
Avitha Vijay, the 9 year-old app developer. Image source: Fortune

According to Indiatimes, Avitha has created apps for both Apple iPhone and iPad. Smartkins Animals is one of her apps which are created for children. It helps them to learn and identify the names and sounds of 100 different animals. Another app that she developed helps the children to learn the different types of colours that exist.

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Building an app involves a lot of activities like prototyping, design, and wireframing, UI designing, and finally coding and testing. People who work on coding really find this thing confounding that a 9-year girl is able to do it as they know how difficult it is.

Anvitha Vijay Image Source: techpp.com
Anvitha Vijay Image Source: techpp.com

“Coding was so challenging. But I’m so glad I stuck with it,” said Avitha.

Initially reported by The Fortune, she had the dream of building a mobile app when she was just seven years old. Anvitha spent a year in accumulating knowledge about coding on various platforms and then at the next step, she managed to learn the basics of programming. Now after two years, she holds a position which most grown-ups would have desired for.

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According to the Deccan Chronicle report, most of this year’s visitors are below the age of 18—120 out of 350 global recipients to be precise. Another part of good news is the increasing participation of women; this year 22 per cent of the total scholarship winners are girls.

She said that it has always been her dream to attend WWDC, and mostly importantly, meet Apple CEO Tim Cook in person.

While most of the kids of her age have started to develop ideas, she has not only developed appreciable ideas but also worked hard to transform them into apps. Anvitha is not done with the creation and has a desire to make many more.

-prepared by Pashchiema, an intern at NewsGram. Twitter: @pashchiema

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  • Paras Vashisth

    “Coding was so challenging. But I’m so glad I stuck with it,” said Avitha.
    This line of few words speaks a lot.
    Everyone get inspired by this, no doubt

  • AJ Krish

    It is truly amazing that a 9 year old can build mobile apps. I hope that she soars to new heights and accomplishes all her dreams.

  • Aparna Gupta

    its wonderfu! She is an inspiration for all children. Surely, she will achieve a lot more make all Indians proud.

  • devika todi

    this is indeed great! i hope she continues to make everyone proud!

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  • Paras Vashisth

    “Coding was so challenging. But I’m so glad I stuck with it,” said Avitha.
    This line of few words speaks a lot.
    Everyone get inspired by this, no doubt

  • AJ Krish

    It is truly amazing that a 9 year old can build mobile apps. I hope that she soars to new heights and accomplishes all her dreams.

  • Aparna Gupta

    its wonderfu! She is an inspiration for all children. Surely, she will achieve a lot more make all Indians proud.

  • devika todi

    this is indeed great! i hope she continues to make everyone proud!

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Across Asia’s Borders, Survivors Of Human Trafficking, Dial in for Justice

The trial has been ongoing since 2013

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Tara Khokon Miya is seen in her village home in Shipur, Bangladesh, Feb. 26, 2018. She is helping to prepare her 27-year-old daughter to testify via videoconferencing technology against the men who trafficked her to India.
Tara Khokon Miya is seen in her village home in Shipur, Bangladesh, Feb. 26, 2018. She is helping to prepare her 27-year-old daughter to testify via videoconferencing technology against the men who trafficked her to India. VOA

When Neha Maldar testified against the traffickers who enslaved her as a sex worker in India, she spoke from the safety of her own country, Bangladesh, via videoconferencing, a technology that could revolutionize the pursuit of justice in such cases.

The men in the western city of Mumbai appeared via video link more than 2,000 km (1,243 miles) west of Maldar as she sat in a government office in Jessore, a major regional hub for sex trafficking, 50 km from Bangladesh’s border with India.

“I saw the people who had trafficked me on the screen and I wasn’t scared to identify them,” Maldar, who now runs a beauty parlor from her home near Jessore, told Reuters. “I was determined to see them behind bars.”

“I told them how I was beaten for refusing to work in the brothel in the beginning and how the money I made was taken away,” she said, adding that she had lied to Indian authorities about her situation after being rescued, out of fear.

Thousands of people from Bangladesh and Nepal — mainly poor, rural women

and children — are lured to India each year by traffickers who promise good jobs but sell them into prostitution or domestic servitude, anti-slavery activists say.

Activists hope the safe, convenient technology could boost convictions. A Bangladeshi sex trafficker was jailed for the first time in 2016 on the strength of a victim’s testimony to a court in Mumbai via video link from Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital.

Convictions for cross-border trafficking in the region are rare as most victims choose not to pursue cases that have traditionally required them to testify in Indian courts, which meant staying in a shelter for the duration of the trial.

“They have always wanted to go back home, to their families,” said Shiny Padiyara, a legal counsel at the Indian charity Rescue Foundation that has facilitated videoconferencing cases and runs shelters for trafficking victims. “And most never return to testify.”

But videoconferencing is making it easier to pursue justice. Survivors have given statements, identified their traffickers, and been cross examined in at least 10 other ongoing international cases in Bangladesh, advocates said.

“Enabling victims to testify via video conference will lead to a possible decrease in acquittal rates for want of prime witnesses,” said Adrian Phillips of Justice and Care, a charity that supports the use of video testimony to help secure justice.

Even then, it is tough. During Maldar’s three-hour deposition, she withstood a tough cross-examination, showed identity documents to prove her age and countered allegations by the defense lawyer that she was lying about her identity.

Students Combat Human Trafficking
Students Combat Human Trafficking, flickr

‘Unpardonable’

Tara Khokon Miya is preparing her 27-year-old daughter to testify against the men who trafficked her to India from Dhaka, where she had been working in a garment factory.

“I almost lost my daughter forever,” she said, sitting in her home in Magura, less than 50 km from Jessore, describing how she disappeared after work and was taken to a brothel in India, and raped and beaten for almost a year before being rescued.

“What the traffickers did to my daughter was unpardonable,” Miya said, wiping her tears. “We seek justice. I nurtured her in my womb and can’t describe what it felt like to not know about her whereabouts.”

The trial has been ongoing since 2013 when the young woman, who declined to be named, was repatriated. The charity Rights Jessore is helping the family through the process, by providing counseling and rehearsing cross-examination.

“The best thing is her father will be by her side when she talks in court,” Miya said, finally breaking into a smile.

India signed a bilateral agreement with Bangladesh in 2015 to ensure faster trafficking investigations and prosecutions, and with Nepal in 2017, and laid down basic procedures to encourage the use of videoconferencing in court proceedings.

“The procedure is very transparent,” said judge K M Mamun Uzzaman at Jessore courthouse, which often converts its conference hall into a courtroom for videoconferencing cases to protect survivors’ privacy.

“I’m usually present and victims are able to testify confidently … it is easy and cost effective for us,” he said. “But the biggest beneficiaries are the survivors.”

Silencing Victims
Silencing Victims, pixabay

The future

Videoconferencing in Bangladesh has been plagued by technical glitches such as power cuts and poor connections.

“Sometimes the internet connection is weak or it gets disconnected during the testimony,” said Binoy Krishna Mallick head of Rights Jessore, a pioneer in using this technology to encourage trafficking survivors to pursue justice. “But these are just teething troubles.”

The bigger challenge, activists say, is to ensure survivors remain committed to the trial despite delays caused by a backlog of cases and witnesses’ failure to appear to testify.

Swati Chauhan, one of the first judges to experiment with video testimony in 2010, is convinced that technology can eliminate many of these hurdles.

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“Victims go through a lot of trauma, so it is natural that they don’t want to confront their trafficker in a court — but that doesn’t mean they don’t want the trafficker to be punished,” she said. “A videoconference requires meticulous planning and it is not easy coordinating between departments and countries. But it is the future for many seeking justice.” (VOA)