Extraordinary People

Meet the 15-year-old girl who is saving the world with her inventions

Gitanjali Rao has just won Time magazine’s first ever ‘kid of the year’

Stressing about zits, homework, or parents are usually the things teens worry about.

But not Gitanjali Rao.

She’s more concerned about solving global issues and has a mind to match her ambitions.

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At just 15-years-old, the aspiring scientist has created technology to prevent cyberbullying which involves an app and Google Chrome extension that uses artificial intelligence to detect it.

Not content with this, Gitanjali has mastered a device that can identify lead in water to tackle contaminated drinking water too.

Hitting the hat-trick, she has also invented a device for early diagnosis of prescription opioid addiction using genetic engineering.

Needless to say, her efforts have not gone unnoticed and she has just been crowned Time’s first ever ‘kid of the year’ after beating off 5,000 nominees.

[Credit: Time]

While the award has been thriving for nearly a century, the magazine launched with their ‘man of the year’ award in 1927 before this evolved to ‘person of the year’.

The young inventor, from Denver, Colorado, already has big dreams and says she hopes to “solve the world’s problems”.

Speaking about her triumphs, Gitanjali said she is excited to not only pursue her own goals but also try and inspire others to achieve theirs.

Chatting to actress and humanitarian Angelina Jolie, Gitanjali said: “I don’t look like your typical scientist. Everything I see on TV is that it’s an older, usually white, man as a scientist.”

[Credit: Time]

Gitanjali continued: “My goal has really shifted, not only from creating my own devices to solve the world’s problems, but inspiring others to do the same as well.

“Because, from personal experience, it’s not easy when you don’t see anyone else like you.

“So, I really want to put out that message: If I can do it, you can do it, and anyone can do it.”

Gitanjali takes the crown from climate activist Greta Thunberg, who became the youngest ever person of the year when she was given the honour at age 16.

Who knows, with inspo like this, maybe your little one can take the title next year?!

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