Meet the first ever TIME ‘kid of the year’, an Indian-American Gitanjali Rao

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Gitanjali Rao, who is just 15, has already worked on multiple pressing issues by using technology to tackle the problem of contaminated drinking water, opioid addiction and cyber-bullying.

“The world belongs to those who shape it. And however uncertain that world may feel at a given moment, the reassuring reality seems to be that each new generation produced more of what these kids- five Kid of the Year finalists selected from a field of more than 5,000 Americans, ages 8 to 16- have already achieved: positive impact, in all sizes,” TIME magazine said in their article on Rao.

She was selected from more than 5,000 nominees as the first ever TIME’s ‘kid of the year’. She was interviewed by Angelina Jolie for the TIME special.

Gitanjali emphasized on her process, ‘observe, brainstorm, research, build and communicated’, which helped her create so much positive impact at such a young age.

She also spoke about her mission of creating a global community of young problem solvers, that can innovate and address problems from all over the world.

“Even over video chat, her brilliant mind and generous spirit shone through, along with her inspiring message to other young people: don’t try to fix every problem, just focus on one that excites you,” TIME added in their article.

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