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Ghaziabad boy wins Apple scholarship for building app

delhi Updated: Jun 05, 2016 07:10 IST

A 17-year-old resident of Ghaziabad has done the city proud. He won the WWDC Scholarship-2016, sponsored by Apple Inc., for developing a mobile phone application.

A student of Delhi Public School, Ghaziabad, Anushk Mittal claims to have earned over $4,000 from his application - Sleepisle.

The app is available in the App Store for iOS users for $12.99. It has been downloaded 3,000 times.

Anushk, who wrote the board exams this year, applied for the scholarship, organised by mobile phone giant, Apple Inc, in May 2015. He started working on the application during his summer vacation in June last year.

The application, according to the guidelines of the programme, was supposed to demonstrate the ‘creative use of technologies’.

“SleepIsle is a sleep tracking and efficiency improvement app that aims to change the way we sleep. It’s an Apple Watch and iPhone app and has also been awarded the fbStart BootStrap programme that provides services like Adobe, Dropbox and domain name worth $30,000,” he said.

The application helps the user sleep. It provides soothing vibrations and monitors the heart rate. It aims to improve a person’s sleep efficiency.

“I have always been a sleepyhead. However, upon researching the sleeping trends across the globe, I found that more than 80% Americans suffer from sleep deprivation. That’s when the idea to build the app struck me,” said Anushk.

The winners of the scholarship were announced in the first week of May. “Thousands of applications are submitted for the scholarship every year. Only a few hundred are selected. I feel lucky to be one of the 350 scholarship recipients all over the world.

“Along with the scholarship, each recipient gets a ticket to Apple developers’ conference held in San Francisco,” said the Ashok Nagar resident.

In addition to developing the application, he was also required to write an essay on the coding process of the application.

Anushk scored 93% in the board exams this year and has now taken admission in Georgia Institute of Technology in London to study Computer Science.

“I have been developing websites since I was 10. I began building mobile applications when I was 13. However, when I applied for the scholarship, I did not know how to code for iOS software.

“Then I learnt ‘Swift’, a language made easy for any new developer, ” he said.

First Published: Jun 05, 2016 07:10 IST