The finalists of the Technovation challenge in San Francisco included two teams from India- Team Pentenchan and the X-women. The former won the challenge.
Here is the second team of fourteen-year-old young girls from Bengaluru, who were winners in their own right. The X-women are Divya, Shivalika, Soumya, Niyati and Cherryl.
The X-women are building a mobile application for people with disabilities called cAppAble. The app works as a career development platform for people with disabilities by connecting them with NGOs and employers.
“We are trying to solve the problem of unemployment for people with disabilities as today 9 million people with disabilities in India are educated yet unemployed.
We chose this topic as we felt that the people with disabilities were being denied their basic job opportunities,” say the X-women.
HerStory spoke with them about what technology means to them and what they learnt while building their app and pitching it to a global audience.
Technology means a lot to me now as in before the competition I did not know a lot about tech and the tech world but I understood that technology helps improve the lives of a large number of people.
“It has been a wonderful experience for us as we could gain a lot of advises, tips, tricks and we were audience to a lot of talks too that were really inspiring.
The experience at San Francisco was really magical as we had a lot of fun, we learnt a lot of new things, we met many new role models who gave us inspiring talks and I have got a lot of things to take back from there.
In the next 5 years I see myself in a world of technology and a world where everything is at the tip of our fingers.”
Technology is one such thing that never gets boring and there is always something new to discover.
“I am very grateful for this opportunity as only a fortunate few of us actually got to go to San Francisco and talk to great people in the technology sector who have immensely important and useful advice to share with us. At the same time, we got to actually make an app from scratch and this helped us not only in our knowledge of tech, but many other aspects too.
In five years I would see myself in college, in preparation for a career that pushes my boundaries and presents me with a challenge.”
Technology means a lot to me.
“The experience was amazing, there was so much exposure for all of us. I am not quite sure what I will be doing in the future. It was overall an amazing experience. I felt very important and professional. We got to visit a lot of places and meet so many amazing people with same interests as us.”
Technology has changed my opinion about many things. Having technology certainly gives you a lot of information at a glance before you take any crucial decisions. Hence, tech has helped me make well informed decisions and definitely evolve as a person.
Its human resources, in a developing country like India, define the most crucial point of a country’s economy; it is very essential to have a more diverse workforce. Also the people with disabilities are very well qualified, they make up a crucial part of the workforce as well. That is why I was working on cAppAble.
We had a lot of thrilling audience interaction during our app expos. It has been the best experience of my life. I could definitely say I have returned a couple of times smarter. I learnt more than ever before in such a short period of time. I have learnt a lot about my team, about and a little about how the whole world works as well.
Five years from today I see myself at a university, pursuing my chosen stream.
I think technology is empowering and engaging. It has proved to be interesting and at the same time educative.
In the duration of our visit to San Francisco we attended the pitch competition alongside 10 other amazing teams from around the world. We attended workshops and conferences; we participated in the pitch event and also visited the Twitter office and Amazon loft. I think it was a truly rewarding experience. Everyday brought something new to learn about.
“The next five years will see me learning more about technology and its benefits.”
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