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Korattur kid does Chennai proud

Arjun, at the felicitation ceremony in Delhi.   | Photo Credit: grjgm

Fourteen-year-old, Korattur resident, Arjun S. is a busy boy. Apart from managing his school curriculum, he manages a company of his own. His contribution in the field of computer technology has earned him a ‘National Child Award for Exceptional Achievements 2014”, instituted by the Ministry of Women and Child Development. He was also recently felicitated by the Computer Society of India (CSI) -Chennai, IEEE Computer Society and IEEE Professional Communication Society at the CSI National Headquarters in March.

The class X student always wanted to do something different and this motivated him to start a technology solutions company in 2012. “My company, LateraLogics aims to make the world a better place to live. Our focus is on developing computer and mobile applications that serve as solutions for our everyday problems. Our motto is ‘Great Solutions come from Small Problems’. My dream is to make LateraLogics one of the most innovative and successful companies in the world,” he says. He stared by making an app called ‘Ez School Bus Locator’ that helps parents ensure that their child is safe. “This was the first app that I created. It is a tracker Android phone app, custommade for schools and parents. It helps parents track their ward’s school bus as well their child’s presence inside. This twin-app solution consists of two modules: Ez School Bus Locator (Parent) and Ez School Bus Locator (Attender). It enables parents to track their ward’s school bus on a map, in real time. The app also shows their ward’s availability in the bus, the distance of the bus from home and the time it would take for the bus to reach home,” says Arjun. This app won the first prize (K-8 Category) in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) App Inventor App Contest held in December 2012.

He says he couldn’t have come this far without the support of his parents, who encouraged him to follow his passion. “I was interested in technology from a very young age. In fact, I started using computers when I was a two-and-a-half-year-old. I remember playing with some basic electronics simulation software with a pile of pillows stacked on the chair to adjust my height. I started with building small applications that worked on desktops. When I was eight, I started working on my robotics kit, which helped me practise my programming skills. When my dad bought his first smart phone a few years ago, it caught my attention. I started making Android apps using Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s programming tool called App Inventor, and mastered the tool in a short span of time.”

He admits that managing time efficiently between school and work is challenging. “As I am now advancing to the higher grades, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find time for work. After spending time to complete school assignments, I spend the remaining time working. But at end of the day, it was all worth it. Receiving the national award was one of the most exciting moments in my life. I wish I could get more support from the state government,” says Arjun, a student of Velammal Vidhyashram (Surapet).

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