Whiz juniors 2017 discovers India's top 15 tech genius
At a ceremony in Mumbai, 75 tech whiz kids from all over India, who were felicitated for winning awards in a competition, had gathered. 'WHIZ Juniors 2017, one of the biggest Online Technology Competitions, was a pan-India contest organized by the Mumbai-based Clone Futura.
The winners who received awards are Soham Pednekar, Aadity Punatar, Abhrajit Gogoi from Group A , Om Hemdev, Shiv Bhatt Arnav Chokhawala from Group B, Shresht Prasad, Shreyaan Daga, Viraj Thakur from Group C, Aahaan Phadnis, Deepak Roshan, Pratham Chaudhary, Group D from Ajay Rawat, Salil Naik, Satvik Annapragada from Group E. The Finalists were from Mumbai, New Mumbai, Jamshedpur, Panaji and Bengaluru.
Gowri Ishwaran - the chief executive officer of the Global Education and Leadership Foundation Dr Jawahar Surisetti- Education Advisor to 3 state governments and Central Government, Perin Bagli, Regional Head of Maharashtra ICSE board and principals of prestigious schools, were present at the ceremony to encourage the winners and participants.
Vidushi Daga, Founder & Director of Clone Futura, said, "Half of what technology students know today will be obsolete in 2-3 years, and in order to sustain a competitive advantage, students need to keep upgrading their technological skills. Whiz juniors' gamified learning platform gives an opportunity to enhance the entrepreneurial and learning skills of young minds with fun, since today it is very important to empower children with the latest technology."
She further added, "This time we also had some special students who have reached the Top 75. One of them is Bhavya Shah, visually impaired student from Gopi Birla memorial school and other is Medansh Mehta from Euro school, Mumbai who surprised Satya Nadella with his new gaming application. This makes us proud that Whiz juniors exist to champion and promote excellence in Technology in all its forms without being biased. It seeks to celebrate power of knowledge of innovation, curiosity and creation amongst the present generations and also helps them in achieving their dreams."
Perin Bagli, Regional Head of Maharashtra ICSE board said, "Whiz Juniors is a wonderful platform to encourage and groom children to grow in life and succeed in achieving their dreams. I have personally witnessed the enthusiasm among children from my school (Activity School) coming up to me and sharing their tech ideas. It is surprising to see such creative ideation among today's young generation, and I am glad that we have a platform like Whiz juniors to support them and make them one of India's tech geniuses."
Padmashri Gowri Ishwaran – CEO of The Global Education and Leadership Foundation, said, "Today's kids have lot of thing to express. Their curiosity is to learn more and more and to compete with each other. I have seen drastic change in the students present here. The knowledge that they have gained through Whiz Juniors is remarkable. There are things related to technology that I might also not be aware of like complete knowledge of even making an app etc. I must say Whiz juniors are a great platform for bringing out the tech genius in our students. Gamification and technology will equip the skills required in 21st century."