The youngest and the only programmer of her school, Jyoti Singh, is just 13 years old. She has been interested in programming and robotics for a year now and hopes to leave a mark in the tech scenario of Nepal.
10th grader Jyoti is a passionate programmer with a knack for learning. When she was in 9th grade, she joined the ‘computer science’ club of her school where they taught web development course to the members. After some time, she was selected as a golden member of the club and was awarded with free course of programming for 15 days. “This course fueled my fascination towards programming. After the course, I taught myself programming language from the internet,” said Jyoti. Her teacher from the school, Sahil Gupta, also encouraged her further to learn programming languages.
She has also participated in many inter-school and national tournaments. Last year, she participated in National Robotics Championship held with Robotics Association of Nepal. She and her team gave participated in a robo-battle and learned a lot about the nuances of robotics. She was delighted to meet so many enthusiastic young people like her and was introduced to the amazing robotics community of Nepal. She has also participated in many tournaments in her hometown, Janakpur.
Jyoti is a firm believer of women empowerment in the tech field of Nepal. “Many girls are discouraged from getting involved in tech field and I get disheartened to see many talented girls not getting enough support,” said Jyoti. Her parents, on the other hand, have supported her wholeheartedly and she thinks this has provided her the strength to move forward.
She believes that the tech scenario of Nepal has a lot of room to improve. She wants it to be inclusive so that young girls like her can pursue their passion. Beside this, she also thinks resources and technology are centralised in Kathmandu as it is difficult to gather resources for robotics and programming in Janakpur.
Glocal teen hero and her future plans
Jyoti believes platforms like Glocal Teen Hero can help young minds like her flourish in their field of interest. “My teacher of the club informed me about this platform and I applied because it felt like this recognition can help us to not only gather resources but also help us to organise camps and training,” said Jyoti. Jyoti wants to conduct trainings on robotics, programming and also on women empowerment to encourage people of her community.
Jyoti wants to become an experienced programmer and tech expert in the future. She also wants to teach programming and robotics to young girls of her community so that they can enter the amazing field of tech. “I was given an opportunity in 9th grade and I want every girl in my community to have such kind of opportunities which can help them stand on their feet,” said Jyoti earnestly.
Jyoti Singh was selected among the 20 brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators and game changers below the age of 20 in Nepal, for the year 2019. This annual list is the ultimate honor roll of young game changers reshaping Nepal for the better. The platform seeks to encourage the youth to share their initiation, creativity, and enthusiasm which will then motivate them and more of the other youths in the nation to develop an entrepreneurial thinking.