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MINDING ODD-EVEN.COM

From the teenager who simplified Odd-Even formula for commuters in Delhi, to being a full fledged entrepreneur. Akshat Mittal in his own words.

I am Akshat Mittal, a thirteen year old social entrepreneur. I study in the Amity International School, Noida. I founded the website odd-even.com in December, 2015 when pollution levels in Delhi were choking its citizens. During that period, the Odd-Even Formula was introduced in Delhi according to which only odd numbered cars could be driven on odd dates and even numbered cars on even dates. It was definite that the impatient residents of Delhi were going to face a number of problems during the 15 days. The single car owners were not able to find their commute partners. I always wanted to do something that would help the citizens of Delhi and create a social impact. So, I started developing the website, odd-even.com and it took me around 15 days for it complete it. During the odd-even trial from 1st January, 2016 to 15thJanuary, 2016, there were 30,000 registrations on the website. Moreover, 160 corporates including Jabong, Mother Dairy and Ericson also registered on odd-even.com. This website surely benefitted many people of Delhi. To use this website; one needed to type in their names, Phone number, Email Address, pick-up point and destination and your commuter preferences. Then, a list was created and it had the name of all the commuters that have the same preferences as the yours. Then, the user could select one and call him/her and discuss the car-pooling with them. Thus, it brought people closer in today’s fast moving world where people hardly know their next-door neighbour. The website resulted in people reaching their destinations earlier, reduced traffic jams and a lot of reduction in the pollution level of Delhi.

The website gave me a lot of personal fame and I was humbled by the response. The website received a lot of media attention, including international news channels like BBC and Al-Jazeera. I had always been inspired by my parents, brother and my friends for doing something that would make someone smile and give them happiness. I also received many mails of appreciation as well as mails with suggestions. Also, the Chief Minister and the Transport minister wrote to me. Recently, the website was acquired by Orahi; who have kept me on its advisory board. Thus we should all try to do something for the betterment of the society. These small steps could only lead to a bigger change and change is the only constant. Every person is a born entrepreneur. It’s just that you need to find your passion and start working on it.

After this height, I have not stopped innovating and am now working on my new venture – ‘iDiskuss’. iDiskuss aims at reducing the number of student suicides. I along with a team of my friends would do so by creating a website which enables students to talk to counsellors having to reveal their identities.

Kids In Tech

While most of us protest about doing math homework or writing long essays, a few of us have decided to apply their learning further than exams and design ingenious apps and computer programs that shall shape the future. Quoting Jim Rohn, “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune,”  Shambhav Tewari tells us about three such inspirational personalities.

Everyone plays games as a child but not everyone designs games. Medansh Mehta, is one such 8 year old child prodigy who by profession is a ‘game developer’. Recently he met the CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadela and talked about creating a world where we can balance industrial growth and agriculture so that you can control pollution and the rate of growth so that an economy can sustain.

Medansh Mehta

Teenager Angad Daryani from Mumbai used open-source hardware to come up with a virtual e-reader for the blind, a boat that runs on solar power, an automated gardening system called Garduino and also India’s cheapest 3D printer called Sharkbot. He started his own kit company knowing that kids in India cannot afford expensive DIY kits. Apart from all of this he loves to play the violin and has a keen interest in aquatic life.

Angad Daryani

Nick D’Aloisio is an English computer programmer and internet entrepreneur. He is best known as the inventor of Summly, which is an automatic summarization and artificial intelligence technology, developed with SRI International. He is a pioneering force in the development of artificial intelligence and has even made it to the Time Magazine’s 100 most influential teenagers list.

Nick D’Aloisio
 

Shambhav Tewari
Student Reporter
July-2016