Why is Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg praising this Bhopal teenager?

Recently, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg published a post about a nineteen-year old Bhopal teenager Harsh Songra.

Updated: Aug 28, 2015, 19:52 PM IST
Why is Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg praising this Bhopal teenager?

Bhopal: Recently, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg published a post about a nineteen-year old Bhopal teenager Harsh Songra.

In the post, Sandberg told the story of Harsh and his app as an instance of startups being supported by Facebook under its FBStart programme.

Songra created an app, called the “My Child App” under FB Start- Facebook’s new platform designed specifically to help mobile start ups in their early stages.

In her Facebook post, Sheryl Sandberg went on to say,"We're supporting developers like Harsh who have great ideas but can't always access the resources they need. Facebook's FBStart program helped MyChild get started by providing technical support, so that Harsh could focus on making the app even better."

 

What is this app?

My Child, an Android app, that tells parents if their child is likely to be suffering from a developmental disorder by processing basic inputs such as the child's height, weight and gender, in just 45 seconds.

Harsh lived with a developmental disorder called dyspraxia until the age of 9, when he was finally diagnosed with the condition. This lack of adequate access to information motivated the teenager to create a solution to help others like him to get quicker access to the appropriate medical care.

After being appreciated for his efforts, look what an elated Harsh had to say: