15-yr-old Indian-American inventor Gitanjali TIME’s first-ever ‘Kid of the Year’

Colorado-based Gitanjali Rao, one of the few Indian-origin prodigies, made it to the December cover of TIME as the Kid of the Year 2020. She was handpicked out of 5000 extraordinary kids from across the world. Since the December edition of TIME hit newsstands, she has been an Internet sensation, and a pride of the community. In order to continue her fight against cyber bullying, she has developed Kindly, an app and a Chrome extension. Gitanjali Rao’s Kindly uses machine learning technology to detect potential cases of cyber bullying. She hard-coded some words in the app and the chrome extension. Rao is a believer in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and works with schools, girls in STEM organizations, museums all across the world, and bigger organizations like Shanghai International Youth Science and Technology group and the Royal Academy of Engineering in London to run innovation workshops. Gitanjali Rao is the first to have achieved TIME’s ‘Kid of the Year’ title. The ‘Kid of the Year’ title is a barometer for the rising leaders of America’s youngest generation, according to TIME.