Eight students from Delhi selected amongst top 50 national winners of Swasth Bharat Tech Champs program organised by WhiteHat Jr and Reckitt
New Delhi: Eight students from Delhi, in the age group of 8-16 years, have been selected as part of the top op 50 national winners of ‘WhiteHat Jr Swasth Bharat Tech Champs’ which was launched as part of the ‘Dettol Banega Swasth India’ program initiated by Reckitt, a leading global consumer health and hygiene company. Reckitt and WhiteHat Jr partnered earlier this year with an aim to inspire the younger generation to find solutions to the health and hygiene issues in our country leveraging technology. The eight winners include 3 from New Delhi – Sanibh Garg (10 years), Himakshi Jain (16 years), Aaradhya Jha (8 years), 2 winners from Gurgaon – Aarush Garg (13 years) and Dhairya Rustagi (10 years); and 1 winner each from: Faridabad – Anvee Sharma (13 years), Noida – Soham Saxena (12 years) and Ghaziabad – Gaurika Gupta (13 years).
The program saw participation from more than 10,700 students, in the age-group of 6-18 years, from 700+ cities and towns in India. The top 50 winners explored ideas ranging from waste management, covid-19 care and vaccination, community and personal health and hygiene, personal health and hygiene, mental health and menstruation. These 50 winners were recognized and awarded a scholarship of Rs. 50,000 each by Reckitt with the opportunity to engage with Superstar and Dettol Banega Swasth India’s Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan live on Dettol and NDTV’s Swasth Bharat Sampann Bharat Telethon.
Speaking to all of the children, Amitabh Bachchan, said, “There is something fascinating about the way a child’s mind works. Where adults see constraints, children see possibilities. Seeing the wonderful app ideas by the young winners addressing issues pertaining to health and hygiene, fills my heart with hope for the future of India. It is these young creators of today who are going to become the inventors and leaders of tomorrow. Interacting with these young creators was an enriching experience for me, and I wish them all the very best for their future!”
“The children today are leveraging technology to express themselves, give shape to their ideas and create real solutions. The WhiteHat Jr Swasth Bharat Tech Champs program reinforces this amazing movement. Children responded in multitude ways to address some of the most pressing health problems. While some wanted to drive action by getting people to volunteer or donate medicines, others wanted to enable them by offering self-help tools to improve their personal health. Some even wanted to explore societal issues by galvanizing community support or creating awareness about specific issues,” said Trupti Mukker, CEO, WhiteHat Jr. “We are enthused to shine a light on these bright minds. Seeing children turn into creators is the fruition of all the work we’re putting in at WhiteHat Jr.”
Gaurav Jain, Senior Vice President, Reckitt South Asia, said, “Over the years, Dettol Banega Swasth India program has successfully focused on driving people to adopt habits for making India healthier and hygienic. In the digital era, WhiteHat Jr Swasth Bharat Tech Champs program has helped us engage and inspire young minds to bring about a change in the way we approach health and hygiene issues. This wonderful amalgamation of technology and creative thinking has yielded exciting ideas. It is exactly this kind of creative thinking that can help us in creating Swasth Bharat in the long run!”
From personal health and hygiene to keeping the environment clean, the apps created by these eight winners combine technology and creative thinking to help solve pertinent issues faced by the society. The eight winning apps from Delhi include:
*The students have made prototype applications with a vision to make India healthy and hygienic.
|SANIBH GARG||Safe Bachpan||Sanibh’s app ‘Safe Bachpan’ helps track the immunization and growth status of children under the age of 5.|
|HIMAKSHI JAIN||Red Thread||Himakshi’s app ‘Red Thread’ aims to inform users about the process of menstruation and helps them chart their menstrual cycle with the help of a journal.|
|AARADHYA JHA||Garbage 2.0||‘Garbage 2.0’ by Aaradhya aims to help citizens report garbage dumps, which need to be cleared, to the authorities.|
|AARUSH GARG||Dettol Warriors||‘Dettol Warriors’ is a game that features Dettol as the main character that destroys small germs and powerful germ zombies. Aarush wanted to spread the message of using the soap regularly to keep germs away through this fun game.|
|DHAIRYA RUSTAGI||O2-4us||Dhairya’s app ‘O2-4us’ aims to help people looking for oxygen cylinders to connect with those willing to donate spare cylinders.|
|ANVEE SHARMA||Switch2Bliss||‘Switch2Bliss’ by Anvee aims to help people with addiction issues engage in productive habits and new behaviour to overcome their addiction.|
|SOHAM SAXENA||Habitsium||Soham’s app ‘Habitsium’ enables users to track their physical activity and food intake to help them lead a healthy lifestyle.|
|GAURIKA GUPTA||Nature Buddies||Gaurika’s app ‘Nature Buddies’ is an attempt to bring like-minded people together and encourage community-based clean-up initiatives.|