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By Ashna Reddy
Click play to listen to talented young adults around the world including researchers, founders and project leaders showcase their entrepreneurial work and how they are solving some of society's biggest problems. Some examples: memory loss, food waste, parking, unemployement and much more! Instagram & Twitter: @sparklinkpod
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Episode #24: Using Tech to Retain Attendance in Schools with Doreen Micheal, Founder of Renotify
According to the We are Family Foundation, only 3% of Tanzania’s students remain in school for the final two years of their education, and the student to teacher ratio is very high, making it extremely difficult for teachers to focus on individual attendance and performance. Experiencing this issue in her classroom and knowing what the harm of skipping school is in her community, Doreen Micheal, a 17-year-old native of Tanzania, specifically Dar es Salaam, decided to take action through tech. She developed Renotify, a website in which the goal is to increase student retention in schools. Let’s hop into the conversation I had with Doreen on her background and the process she went and currently goes through with Renotify. Renotify: https://www.f6s.com/renotify Sparklink Instagram: @sparklinkpod
12:25
September 23, 2020
Episode #23: Environmental Change in Paraguay W/ Diana Vicezar
By observing her surroundings in Paraguay, Diana Vicezar, founder of Mymba Rayhu, realized that there were two problems that she could immediately act on and act on at the same time. Helping the growing population of street dogs with shelter and reducing the amount of plastic waste on the streets. As a result of her efforts, she was named a Global Peace Ambassador. Click play to listen to her story! Follow Mymba Rayhu: https://mymbarayhu.weebly.com/ Sparklink Podcast: @sparklinkpod in Insta & Twitter
10:36
September 2, 2020
Episode #22: Creating a Future in Nigeria W/ Daniel Dake Jr., Founder of Teens for Change
As BBC news reported in 2017, Nigeria has the largest number of children out of school in the world - roughly 10.5 million. The education ministry’s permanent secretary said those that were most affected were girls, street children, and the children of nomadic groups. This is the outcome of minimal funding that the public education system receives as well as the government’s disregard for general human development. Realizing and living through this truth, Daniel Drake Jr who grew up in the slums in Lagos, Nigeria knew he needed to do something to help give street children a future in which they can earn a steady income and uplift Nigeria economically and socially. Thus, Daniel started Teens for Change which led him to become one of 33 global teen leaders. Instagram & Twitter: sparklinkpod  LinkedIn & Youtube: Sparklink Podcast 
13:33
August 19, 2020
Episode #21: Detecting Pancreatic Cancer W/ Harsh Agrawal, Creator of CancerEx
Pancreatic cancer has a survival rate that is lower than 7% and is the cause of 100’s of thousands of deaths every year. It is also one of the most overlooked cancers yet is projected to be the deadliest within the coming years. Aware of these statistics, Harsh Agrawal, a 16year old from India and 1 of 33 Global teen Leaders, set out to create a solution. His solution - CancerEx, the only non-invasive method to test the presence of that cancer in patients.  Click Play to listen to how Harsh did it! Sparklink Podcast Instagram & Twitter: @sparklinkpod
14:28
July 8, 2020
Episode #20: Future Mars Walker W/ Alyssa Carson
You may have heard about the projected Mission to Mars in 2030. Well in this episode, we have 19-year-old Alyssa Carson, who is likely to be on that very mission. Just take a look at her stats, - Alyssa was selected as one of seven ambassadors representing Mars One, a mission to establish a human colony on Mars. In October of 2016, Alyssa was the youngest to be accepted and graduate from the Advanced Possum Academy, officially making her certified to go to space and the youngest astronaut in training. And, she's sponsored by Nike. So without further ado, let’s hop into my conversation with Alyssa about her journey that is paving the way for her to potentially lead the human race into another planet! Alyssa's Instagram: @nasablueberry Sparklink Podcast Instagram & Twitter: @sparklinkpod
19:07
July 1, 2020
Episode #19: Tracking COVID-19 W/ Avi Schiffmann, Creator of ncov2019.live
By now you may have heard of Avi Schiffmann. Way back when no one, not even governments were that concerned about the spread of COVID-19, 17 yr old Avi Schiffmann, who at the time was a junior in high school took it upon himself to create a COVID-19 tracking website ncovid2019.live. Within a matter of months the website grew insanely large attracting more than 700 million people from all over the world. Cut to now, Avi was recently on the Daily Show with Trevor Noah, featured on Bloomberg, won the Person of the Year award at the Webby Awards and quite frankly is all over the internet. Avi's website: ncov2019.live Sparklink Instagram: @sparklinkpod
18:21
June 24, 2020
Episode #18: Artivism W/ Nikkolas Smith
Nikkolas Smith's art and activism have been instrumental in propelling the #BlackLivesMatter movement in order to eradicate police brutality and racism within the systems in America. Nikkolas's art has been reposted by Michelle Obama, Rhianna, Pharrell Williams, Shaun King and the list goes on.  Nikkolas has also been featured on The New York Times, Time Magazine, and CNN to name a few and has also created Hollywood movie posters for Black Panther, Dear White People, and more. Click play to listen to Nikkolas's story! Nikkolas's Instagram: @nikkolas_smith Nikkolas's Website: nikkolas.com DONATE - Organizations to support #BlackLivesMatter: Black Lives Matter Global Network American Civil Liberties Union Black Voters Matter Fund Campaign Zero Communities United Against Police Brutality Sparklink Podcast Instagram & Twitter: @sparklinkpod
17:46
June 17, 2020
Episode #17: Hacking the Hiring Code W/ Jonathan Javier, Founder of Wonsulting
Jonathan Javier and his initiative with Wonsulting has created a great deal of light within these uncertain times of the coronavirus pandemic. Roughly 47 million people are expected to be jobless as reported by CNBC and Jonathan and his team are fighting to give people valuable advice through various methods in order to help jumpstart their followers' careers. And, it's working. Jonathan himself, has gained roughly 32,000 followers on LinkedIn within the last couple months, and that number is exponentially growing. We go into the challenges, the people and the wins he and his team had throughout in this episode. Click play to listen to how Jonathan did it! Website: wonsulting.com Email: hello@wonsulting.com 
15:28
May 27, 2020
Episode #16: Playing Games, Learning Code w/ Samaira Mehta, Founder of CoderBunnyz
Samaira Mehta, featured on Times as one of the 8 young leaders to shape the decade, has graced the pages of Vogue and Business Insider, has spoken at over 50 conferences nationwide including the United Nations on International Women’s Day, and to top it all off was offered a job at Google at age 11 created CoderBunnyz to make kids excited about coding. Click play to find out how!  Instgram & Twitter : @sparklinkpod
14:18
May 13, 2020
Episode #15: Pushing Sustainable Development Goals w/ Elly Savatia, Founder of Innovate 4 SDG's
Leading Innovate 4 SDG's, Elly Savatia is pushing his community in Kenya to think about solutions to solve some of the most pressing problems including hunger, poverty, and climate action. Elly is the youngest representative in the UN Habitat Assembly.  Guest: Elly Savatia, UN Habitat Representative, Founder of Innovate for SDG's 
16:15
April 29, 2020
Episode #14: Using AI to Stop Gun Violence w/ Shreya Nallapati, Founder of NeverAgainTech
Using machine learning to stop gun violence. Click play to listen!  Guest: Shreya Nallapati, Founder of NeverAgainTech and Global Teen Leader  Initiative: #NeverAgainTech, https://neveragaintech.org/ Forbes article: https://www.forbes.com/sites/geekgirlrising/2018/05/03/how-this-teen-is-using-artificial-intelligence-to-stop-gun-violence/#7657d7693526
27:06
April 15, 2020
Episode #13: Tracking Your Eyes w/ Serban Mogos, Co-Founder of Eyeware
Tracking your eye movement to reduce car accidents, improve mobility and improve buyer choice? Click to listen to how one startup is doing just that! Guest: Serban Mogos, Co-Founder of Eyeware Eyeware's Website: https://eyeware.tech/ Serban’s Email: serban@eyeware.tech
19:18
April 1, 2020
Episode #12: Improving Urban Areas w/ Agne Milukaite, Founder of Cycle.land
According to climate central, each mile someone rides on a bike-share bike instead of driving a car means about 1 pound of carbon dioxide is kept out of the atmosphere. Bike sharing also reduces traffic and congestion in urban areas by roughly 2-3%. Check out how one UK based company is disrupting how urban areas operate on a day to day basis!  Guest: Agne Milukaite 
17:37
February 19, 2020
Episode #11: Disrupting Insurance w/ Luca Schnettler, Founder of HealthyHealth
Guest: Luca Schnettler  Is it possible to make insurance fair for both insurance companies and individuals on life and health insurance plans? Click play to find out how one UK based startup is doing just that though technology! Interested in being a part of HealthyHealth's journey? Apply below to their available positions: https://www.healthyhealth.com/career
18:52
January 22, 2020
Episode #10: Efficient Transportation w/ Harshita Arora, Founder of A2B
A2B is a Google bus like system hoping to create an efficient transportation method for everyone commuting to work without affiliation to any one company. Click play to find out how! Guest: Harshita Arora, Founder A2B
12:45
January 8, 2020
Episode #9: Neurodiverse Workforce w/ Jhillika Kumar, Founder of Mentra
As the CDC reported in 2014, more than 3.5 million Americans live with an autism spectrum disorder. With that comes an alarming fact reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics which states that roughly 83% of this population remains unemployed. Here is one startup trying to solve this issue! Visit Their Website: www.mentra.me Interviewee: Jhillika Kumar
20:45
December 25, 2019
Episode #8: Efficient App Development w/ Abstract Layer
An article posted on medium reports that on average it takes developers 3-5 months to create an app. Featured on Forbes's enterprise technology list, here is an automation tool that aims to speed production and eliminate human errors during the app development process! Dani Arnout's email: dani.arnaout@gmail.com
11:30
December 4, 2019
Episode #7: Women TechMakers Manipal (WTM)
In the 2017-2018 academic year, women represented 27.5% of participants in India's Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Technology degree programs. Another chunk of these women ended up quitting their roles in engineering and switched to another career path, roughly 40% versus 17% of men who did the same. Here is one organization that is changing that! Mehul Raje's Email: mehul.raje@gmail.com
17:56
November 27, 2019
Episode #6: Travel Content Creators with Ravle
This startup focuses on helping a specific group of content creators: travelers. And here is how they are doing it!  Interested in joining Ravle? Here is the angel link to apply: https://angel.co/l/2idWcQ.
16:02
November 6, 2019
Episode #5: Food For Tomorrow
Over 2 billion more people are expected to live on this planet 30 years from now. That means scientists around the world are asking themselves this very question: How do we produce enough nutritious food to feed the increased number of people expected to live on this planet 30 years from now? Here is one answer to the question!
11:39
October 30, 2019
Episode #4: Revolutionizing Spinal Surgeries
Spinal cords have a direct link to the brain thus, they control a great deal of our movement and behavior. So, failure to operate properly on this part of the body during surgery can result in very damaging effects—but not anymore, thanks to this new invention! Krithik's Website: krithikramesh.com  Empowering Rural India: empoweringri.org
13:31
October 23, 2019
Episode #3: Reducing Food Waste with KinoSol
One of the biggest problems in today's day and age is food waste. Not only does food waste negatively effect the environment but it injects fuel into the growing problem of hunger in developed countries. Here is one solution to this very problem that developing countries are facing. Website: https://getkinosol.com/
12:19
October 16, 2019
Episode #2: Finding Parking with JAPA, Inc.
Finding parking creates stress and greatly harms the environment --- But not anymore, thanks to this new technology! Want to apply for a software or business developer role at JAPA, Inc.? Email: contact@japa.one Phone Number: 1(877) PRK-JAPA OR (877-775-5272) AngelList: angel.co. 
14:38
October 9, 2019
Episode #1: Improving Memory with Humm
Ever wondered if technology could improve our mental capabilities without any biological changes? Here is your answer. 
16:12
October 3, 2019