1. Ishita Katyal, Saad Nasser, Soumya Tejam: Child prodigies from whom Anand Mahindra wanted to take an autograph!

Ishita Katyal, Saad Nasser, Soumya Tejam: Child prodigies from whom Anand Mahindra wanted to take an autograph!

Anand Mahindra was a speaker at NASSCOM India Leadership Forum 2017 where he met three child prodigies - Ishita, a 11-year old TED &TEDYouth Speaker, Saad, co-founder of Ati Motors, an autonomous vehicle startup based in Bangalore and Soumya, Founder and CEO BookBite.

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Saad is a co-founder of Ati Motors, an autonomous vehicle startup based in Bangalore. Saad is a co-founder of Ati Motors, an autonomous vehicle startup based in Bangalore.

There are industry veterans like Aditya Puri, Anand Mahindra with whom we want to click selfies. Then there are those with whom people like Anand Mahindra want to take an autograph! Yes, we aren’t joking! Anand Mahindra was a speaker at NASSCOM India Leadership Forum 2017 where he met three child prodigies – Ishita, a 11-year old TED &TEDYouth Speaker, Saad, co-founder of Ati Motors, an autonomous vehicle startup based in Bangalore and Soumya, Founder and CEO BookBite. Mahindra was so fascinated by them and their achivements that when these three approached him for a selfie, he in turn asked them for their autographs! “Prodigies at NASSCOM. Ishita, 11yrs,motivational speaker; Saad & Soumya, start-up founders. They wanted selfies; I made a deal & got their autographs,” he tweeted. Here is all you want to know about these prodigies!

Ishita Katyal: Author, TEDx Licensee & Motivational Speaker

Ishita Katyal, 11 years is an Author & Motivational speaker. She has spoken at the prestigious global TED Conference in Vancouver, TEDYouth in New York, TEDxGateway, NASSCOM, Mind Mingle @IIM Ahmedabad, Toastmasters & REX conclive events etc. She is the youngest TEDxYouth organiser in the Asia-Pacific region. She was also facilitated with 2015 Sakhi Samman award from Lokmat and REX Karmaveer Chakra Award and REX Global Fellowship 2014-15.

She likes to write, dance and sing and loves to play basketball, is an avid reader and digs into Sudha Murthy and Ruskin Bond in her free time. She is author of “Simran’s Diary” which she wrote only at an age of 8. Ishita is one of the youngest Author’s in India and was also featured in the Child Magazine as one amongst the 8 Child Prodigies in India. She is also the youngest indian ever to speak at the prestigious global TED Conference.

Saad Nasser: Ati Motors, Co-founder

Saad is a co-founder of Ati Motors, an autonomous vehicle startup based in Bangalore. At 14, Saad is one of the youngest engineers in the country. His interests vary from Computer Architecture, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Aerospace Engineering to name a few. As an intern at the Robert Bosch Center for Cyber Physical Systems @ IISC he was member of the team that was 1st Runner up at the IESA and IoTBLR Connected Device Makeathon, where they built a sensing device for prosthetics. This project has also been shortlisted by the ICRC for further development.

He was a Broadcom Masters International Delegate from India to the US twice. He has been a winner at the Intel IRIS Science Fair 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016. His project on tiled processors won him the Sam Pitroda Award for Research and Creativeness as the best project of the fair. Saad is self taught and home schooled. He has been doing online courses since the age of 10 and completed numerous MOOC’s on edX, Coursera and Udacity. He has given talks on Blockchain technology at various forums like the Cisco Launchpad, Zinnov Confluence 2016 and at Broadridge. Saad has worked with Team Indus. He is a Young Member of the New York Academy of Sciences.

 

Soumya Tejam: Founder and CEO BookBite

Tenth class student Soumya Tejam’s keen interest in technology and business, led her to establish “Bookbite”, a subscription box service that sends out a curated package containing a Young Adult novel, short stories by budding novelists, bookish goodies and an exciting online experience. With recent tie-up with NGO Parikrma Foundation, BookBite is now trying to ensure that for every privileged reader, it also supports an underprivileged reader.

Soumya was the Global Finalist at the Technovation Challenge – a tech. and entrepreneurship competition. The app ‘cAppAble’, acts as a bridge connecting physically challenged job aspirants with Corporate and NGO’s. Her team was selected to represent India at the Global Pitch Event at San Francisco, USA. The team also won first place in India region.

Soumya was also invited as a speaker , for the India Onward- Scaling Digital India, a signature event organised by IBM. Soumya was awarded the Rotary Young Entrepreneur Award.

Soumya is President of the School Dramatics association, Executive Editor of the Literary association.

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