Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi awards 18-year-old Kumari Harshita Arora on creating a cryptocurrency tracking app.
Arora was awarded the Bal Shakti Puraskar 2020 for her excellence in innovation. The Bal Shakti Puraskar award is given by the government of India every year “to recognize exceptional achievements of our children in various fields i.e., innovation, scholastic achievements, social service, arts & culture, sports and bravery,” explained the government’s website. It is also “to recognize the contribution of dedicated individuals and institutions, whose tireless efforts complement the actions taken by the government of India for the welfare of children.”
I am delighted that the very talented Harshita Arora has been conferred the Bal Shakti Puraskar 2020! She has been focussing on a wide range of sectors. Her passion towards science, technology and human welfare are clearly visible. pic.twitter.com/DgpZaXbViQ — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 24, 2020
The app, Crypto Price Tracker is a portfolio management and price tracking tool for cryptocurrencies that Harshita designed it herself.
Crypto Price Tracker is a portfolio management app that does price tracking and customizable alerts. It tracks the prices of over 1,000 cryptocurrencies from over 18 exchanges in 32 fiat currencies. It also provides price charts for all monitored cryptocurrencies during the last one day, one week, one month, three months, and one year.
Users can create time-based alerts to get prices of a coin as a push notification regularly or at a specific time. They can also create price threshold-based alerts to get notifications when the price of a certain coin drops, rises or changes by a certain percentage. The app is available in the Apple app store, although not in the U.S. It has received recognition from multiple media and news outlets such as The Times of India, YourStory, Inc, The Daily Beast, and 50+ more. It was acquired by Redwood City Ventures in March 2018, where Harshita worked as a technical consultant until Dec 2018.
Harshita is a co-founder of AtoB, a sustainable transportation commuting startup in the Bay Area. AtoB is working on creating a network for intercity commuters using buses. AtoB has been funded by top investors: Peter Light (former head of energy at Google X); Ali Vahabzadeh (Chariot founder and CEO, acquired by Ford for $65 million); Silus Reddy (Head of Shuttl South India); Bill Hunt (co-founder and CTO of Dianomic); Ashita Achuthan (Group PM at Twitter). She also co-created the Food AI app, a food recognition app that can identify hundreds of different types of food, all offline. Harshita also worked as an engineer at DoNotPay — world’s first robot lawyer that has saved people over $20 million in legal fees and fines worldwide.
She’s also won the “Best in Public Safety” award at Science Hack Day 2018 for building an autonomous RC car. Additionally, she has judged two hackathons for women in STEM: CryptoChicks hackathon and conference in Toronto in April 2018 and Violet Hacks in SF in November 2018. Harshita has given talks at conferences all around the world, including at TEDx, CryptoChicks, TIE Inflect, Invide Labs, and guest lectured at IIIT-D.
Harshita has also been awarded Quora Top Writer 2018 for her contributions to the platform by answering 200+ questions on iOS app development, design, coding, and entrepreneurship. Harshita has also posted 9 technical tutorials on Medium’s largest technical publication, freeCodeCamp, where her articles have received over 500k views.
For her projects, Harshita has been awarded a $10,000 grant by Emergent Ventures and a $1,000 grant by Helium grant. For her work and accomplishments, Harshita has been awarded the Bal Shakti Puraskar in 2020 (highest civilian award for Indian nationals under age 18) by the Prime Minister and the President of India. Additionally, she’s the youngest recipient of the O-1 visa (alien of extraordinary ability), granted by the USCIS.
Super honoured to have received the Bal Shakti Puraskar for my work on the Crypto Price Tracker app and now the AtoB startup! 🙂 https://t.co/8KKzTaRnMR — Harshita Arora (@aroraharshita33) January 24, 2020
We congratulate Harshita for the impressive achievement. Keep going strong towards a decentralized and more equal future. Wishing you eternal health, love, and happiness, success in your future endeavors, private and professional. Keep empowering #WomenInBlockchain.