Compress AR.The teenager explains that the idea was simple and aimed at solving a problem that most people struggle with. “Whenever you receive a storage warning on your device, you are confronted with a question that computer scientists have been grappling with for years: ‘Can we make it smaller?’’He used Huffman coding — one of the most widely used methods for achieving data compression — and created an educational iPad app using SwiftUI. “It provides an interactive learning experience, complete with visualisations, challenges and playgrounds, to teach the inner workings and applications of text compression and Huffman Coding,” explains Jain, who has been programming since when he was 12 years old.
It started with learning web development from YouTube, and a little inspiration after being in his school’s tech club. “I believe coding is the closest we’ve gotten to a superpower,” he says.
Twenty-year-old Parth Ashish Dhakan may not wear a cape but understands how technology has the ability to impact lives at a level and scale that has never been realised in the history of mankind. Dhakan is currently pursuing Bachelor of Engineering in computer science from a university in Mumbai and is also the winner of the Swift Student
Challenge. His project was inspired by the exponential worry over cyber threats and the dangers it exposes humans to. It’s very challenging for every business and security analyst to overcome this challenge and fight back with these attacks, he says. He built this project based on the concept of information security and making people aware of the importance of having good digital security practices in a realistic and funny way. He plans to make his project into a fully functional iOS app and publish it on App Store.For any developer — Android or iOS — WWDC is a big deal. Jain calls winning the challenge “a defining moment” in his journey as a developer.
“It has made me love app development, and truly understand the power it gives to create really interactive and performant experiences,” says the 16-year-old with plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the US. He is also a winner of international hackathons like NASA SpaceApps Challenge and HackTheNorth by the University of
Dhakan says it poses big personal growth as a reward of achievement. His recent project was building a transparent TV from scratch. “The idea that something I can create can impact someone across the world now, or in the future is what drives my passion for tech,” he says.