Thirteen-year-old student Arnav Hingorani from north Scottsdale, who attends ASU Prep School, created an app to help students keep track of their important milestones and memories, and share them. The app was recently named a finalist in the prestigious “18u18” coding competition.
According to a press release, in July of 2020, during the stay-at-home period of the pandemic, Hingorani’s parents enrolled him in an advanced coding course at BYJU’S FutureSchool, an online learning platform that teaches math, coding, music, arts and film via one-on-one, live instruction from a teacher.
Hingorani’s journey at BYJU’S started with learning some basics on Code.org, then expanded to various programming languages such as HTML, CSS, JSX, Python and Dart, the release stated. Having studied coding from a young age, Hingorani had already completed some programming projects.
During the summer of 2021, Hingorani’s teacher encouraged him to think of a problem that can be solved using technology through an app.
The release explained that given his frequent participation in national tennis tournaments, math contests as well as taekwondo competitions, along with his hobbies, Hingorani saw there was no easy way for students like him to keep track of and organize important personal events.
Thus, he proposed an app to solve this.
Hingorani shared his app idea with his coding teacher, and was notified last July that the idea was officially selected to participate in BYJU’S “18u18” competition, where 18 advanced coding students under 18 years of age globally compete for recognition.
He was then assigned a mentor to help develop his prototype into a functioning app using the dart programming language and Google firestore as a database, both new to Hingorani.
Hingorani’s app, which he named My Life Resume, has 3 goals: to organize, to share and to network. This allows kids to upload and organize events by categories, share these memories with friends and family along with network with others with similar interests/backgrounds, according to the release.
As explained in the release, Hingorani worked on My Life Resume for a couple of months, with friends and family helping to test it and provide feedback.
“All milestones are at one’s fingertips…and it is an easy way to store and present it to anyone (your first internship, first job, or just for fun) to give a complete view of your development,” Hingorani stated in the release.
While his app was recently declared a finalist in the 18u18 competition and is waiting to be published on Google Play, Arnav is already working on a new movie recommendation app that uses AI and machine learning concepts to rate movies and get recommendations, the release explained.
While he hasn’t thought a lot about what he wants to do for a career, he says “maybe an entrepreneur.”
Hingorani’s father, Naresh Hingorani expressed some of his thoughts on Hingorani’s success in the release.
“I believe learning AI and Data Science are table stakes for all students in the future,” Naresh stated. “Studying coding has developed Arnav’s approach to solving complex problems and, as a parent, it’s gratifying to watch his progress.”