Teenage girl coders from Mumbai slum are building apps to solve local problems

Routinely described as one of the largest slums in the world and the setting for Slumdog Millionaire, Mumbai's Dharavi has been home to some unlikely innovations in the last two years. They are the handiwork of a group of local teenage girl coders have been making apps to solve their community's problems.

The girls, aged between eight and sixteen, are part of Dharavi Diary, a slum innovation project in Dharavi's Naya Nagar neighbourhood, started in 2014 by filmmaker Nawneet Ranjan. Using the open source developing tool MIT App Inventor, the girls have built several mobile apps to tackle everyday problems, including sexual harassment, access to water and education.

However, the project received a setback when the slum was ravaged by a fire on Jan. 4, destroying the houses of over 50 families along with the tablets and computers used by the girls. Ranjan hopes to raise more resources for the programme through a new crowd-fundingcampaign that will help get more computers, laptops, and even food and clothing for the children.

Until now, Dharavi Diary has been running with private funds raised by Ranjan and his friends, and non-profits such as United States Institute of Peach and Iridescent. The girls also participated in the international Technovation challenge in 2014 to get phones and laptops. Read more via http://mashable.com/2016/03/29/mumbai-dharavi-girls-coding-apps/#PRg0.pMkUEqA

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