Indian-American Gitanjali Rao named first-ever TIME ‘Kid of the Year’

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Published: December 4,2020 01:24 PM
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December 4, 2020: A 15-year-old Indian-American girl, Gitanjali Rao named as the first-ever “Kid of the Year” by Time magazine for her work using technology to tackle matters.

December 4, 2020: A 15-year-old Indian-American girl, Gitanjali Rao named as the first-ever “Kid of the Year” by Time magazine for her work using technology to tackle matters such as contaminated drinking water, opioid addiction and cyberbullying.



Gitanjali was selected from a field of over 5,000 Americans and was interviewed by actor Angelina Jolie for the magazine.



“Observe, brainstorm, research, build and communicate,” Rao told Jolie about her working process during a virtual meeting.



Rao said that she was in the second or third grade when she decided to use technology to bring social change. The 15-year-old scientist said she was 10 when she told her parents that she wanted to research carbon nanotube sensor technology at the Denver Water Quality Research Lab.





Rao said she has developed an app to prevent cyberbullying for Google’s Chrome browser extension.