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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!

  • 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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How telecom has become driver of economic change in India

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The country's hyper-competitive telecom sector has led the revolution from the front.
The country's hyper-competitive telecom sector has led the revolution from the front. Wikimedia Commons
  • India has done well to stay ahead of the curve in the technological revolution
  • The sectoral change in productivity has been the highest in the telecommunications sector since the reforms of 1991
  • India has managed to provide the cheapest telephony services around the world

For the most part of human history, the change was glacial in pace. It was quite safe to assume that the world at the time of your death would look pretty much similar to the one at the time of your birth. That is no longer the case, and the pace of change seems to be growing exponentially. Futurist Ray Kurzweil put it succinctly when he wrote in 2001: “We won’t experience 100 years of progress in the 21st century – it will be more like 20,000 years of progress (at today’s rate).” Since the time of his writing, a lot has changed, especially with the advent of the internet.

India has done well to stay ahead of the curve in the technological revolution. The country’s hyper-competitive telecom sector has led the revolution from the front. In fact, according to Reserve Bank of India data, the sectoral change in productivity has been the highest in the telecommunications sector since the reforms of 1991, growing by over 10 percent. On the other hand, no other sector has had a productivity growth of above five percent during the same period. It is no wonder that it has also been one of the fastest-growing sectors of the Indian economy, growing at over seven percent in the last decade itself.

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Such an unprecedented pace of growth has been brought about the precise levels of change that Kurzweil was so enthusiastic about. Today’s smartphones have the power of computers that took an entire room in the 1990s, and the telecom sector has had to keep up with a provision of commensurate internet speeds and services. Meanwhile, India has managed to provide the cheapest telephony services around the world, which has hit rock bottom after the entry of Reliance Jio. This has ensured access to those even at the bottom of the pyramid.

A rise in internet penetration has distinct positive effects on economic growth of a country.
A rise in internet penetration has distinct positive effects on economic growth of a country. Wikimedia Commons

Even though consumers have come to be accustomed to fast-paced changes within the telecom sector, the entry of Jio altered the face of the industry like never before by changing the very basis of competition. Data became the focal point of competition for an industry that derived over 75 percent of its revenue from voice. It was quite obvious that there would be immediate economic effects due to it. Now that we’re nearing a year of Jio’s paid operations, during which time it has even become profitable, we saw it fit to quantify its socio-economic impact on the country. Three broad takeaways need to be highlighted.

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First, the most evident effect has been the rise in affordability of calling and data services. Voice services have become practically costless while data prices have dropped from an average of Rs 152 per GB to lower than Rs 10 per GB. Such a drastic reduction in data prices has not only brought the internet within the reach of a larger proportion of the Indian population but has also allowed newer segments of society to use and experience it for the first time. Since the monthly saving of an average internet user came out to be Rs 142 per month (taking a conservative estimate that the consumer is still using 1 GB of data each month) and there are about 350 million mobile internet users in the country (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India data), the yearly financial savings for the entire country comes out to be Rs 60,000 crore.

To put things in perspective, this amount is more than four times the entire GDP of Bhutan. Therefore, mere savings by the consumer on data has been at astonishing proportions.

Today's smartphones have the power of computers that took an entire room in the 1990s, and the telecom sector has had to keep up with a provision of commensurate internet speeds and services. Wikimedia Commons
Today’s smartphones have the power of computers that took an entire room in the 1990s, and the telecom sector has had to keep up with a provision of commensurate internet speeds and services. Wikimedia Commons

Now, this data has been used for services that have brought to life a thriving app economy within the country. So, the second level of impact has been in the redressal of a variety of consumer needs — ranging from education, health and entertainment to banking. For instance, students in remote areas can now access online courseware and small businesses can access newer markets. Information asymmetry has been considerably reduced.

Third, a rise in internet penetration has distinct positive effects on economic growth of a country. These effects arise not merely from the creation of an internet economy, but also due to the synergy effects it generates. Information becomes more accessible and communication a lot easier. Businesses find it easier to operate and access consumers. Labour working in cities has to make less frequent trips home and becomes more productive as a result. Education and health services become available in inaccessible locations. Multiple avenues open up for knowledge and skill enhancement.

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An econometric analysis for the Indian economy showed that the 15 percent increase in internet penetration due to Jio and the spill-over effects it creates will raise the per capita levels of the country’s GDP by 5.85 percent, provided all else remains constant.

Thus, India’s telecom sector will continue to drive the economy forward, at least in the short run, and hopefully catapult India into 20,000 years of progress within this century, as Kurzweil postulated. The best approach for the state would be to ensure the environment of unfettered competition within the industry. Maybe other sectors of the economy ought to take a leaf out of the telecom growth story. The Indian banking sector comes to mind. However, that is a topic for another day. (IANS)

(Amit Kapoor is Chair, Institute for Competitiveness, India. He can be contacted at Amit. Kapoor@competitiveness.in and tweets @kautiliya. Chirag Yadav, a senior researcher at the institute, has contributed to the article.)