Who Is Harsh Songra And Why Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Is Praising Him?
On August 26, chief operating officer of Facebook Sheryl Sandberg published a post about Harsh Songra and his startup, My Child App which made him wake up at 2.00 am due frequent notification on his Facebook profile.
Sheryl Sandberg wrote –
“Harsh Songra is a 19 year old software developer from India. He grew up with a condition called dyspraxia. Because he lived in a small town without access to health information, he wasn’t properly diagnosed until he was nine years old. Harsh wanted to make sure other families didn’t have to go through the same thing, so he built an app called MyChild that helps parents find out if their child might have a developmental disorder. It provides basic screening by asking simple questions – and can even recommend specialist doctors”
My Child, an Android app, that tells parents if their child is likely to be suffering from a developmental disorder by processing basic inputs such as the child’s height, weight and gender, in just 45 seconds.
It took Songra’s parents nine years to get him diagnosed of having dyspraxia, a developmental disorder. The late diagnosis meant that his parents could do nothing to help. But Songra’s father, who was a hardware engineer, taught him to use the computer at a young age and he used computer games to overcome the problems of coordination and movement that dyspraxia brings with it.
When he was sixteen, Songra was experimenting with algorithms. His drive to do something that will guide parents like his and two years of research helped him build My Child all by himself.
Launched in January this year and built with the help of Facebook’s platform Parse and promoted with other tools such as Facebook ads, Hootsuite and Mailchimp, the app had seen downloads from across six continents.
Songra, who is pursuing BCA in the Bhopal School of Social Sciences, said, “Being an entrepreneur means that you lose out on a lot, including your friends. But, when things like this happen, you know that the struggle was worth it.”
Source – The Economic Times
Cover Image source – NDTV
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