Published: 30th June 2020
This Chennai teen's app is encouraging kids to write in their digital diary. Tick tock!
The app Diaryoclock will also soon allow kids to connect with psychologists in case their diary entries indicate emotional struggles of any sort
Every time thirteen-year-old Sanjeev Thilak was around kids his age, he noticed that they spent most of their time playing games on their phones. Sanjeev felt that the art of writing was slowly dying among his peers. In order to encourage kids and teens to write more, Sanjeev developed an Android app called Diaryoclock.
This app allows you to note down all your memories digitally. All you need to do is download the app, sign in, choose a theme and a date and start jotting down your thoughts. Currently, the app has many themes. Users can also select their emotions while making an entry in the diary. Once the app is installed, users are asked to sign in, after which a welcome note appears. Following that, they are instructed to fill in details of themselves and their parents.
Sanjeev, a student of Bhavan's Vidhyashram, Chennai is one of the students trained at Kidspreneur, a platform that is meant exclusively for kids to learn all about entrepreneurship and other related courses. "My brother and I joined Kidspreneur and we had been asked to come up with innovative ideas. So I came up with the idea for Diaryoclock. Since the lockdown, I have had more time to work on the development," says Sanjeev. So far, he has completed his Kidspreneur MBA course and the App Development course. He has also joined the Artificial Intelligence course and hopes to add the AI feature to the app soon. "One of the main reasons behind adding AI would be to detect emotional struggles. If the child writes anything that indicates that they are sad, the message can go directly to their parents so that they can be aware and address the problem," explains Sanjeev, and adds, "I am also working on an option for kids to consult with a psychologist virtually, in case they want privacy."
The app took Sanjeev a few months to develop and was initially used by his peers at Kidspreneur, who were very excited about it. He says, "Since all our sessions are online now, I've been able to interact with kids from around the world and share my startup ideas. It has helped me gain more recognition."
Initially started as an entrepreneurship programmes for kids, Kidspreneur is now offering other courses like app development and AI as well. "We've also tied up with MIT, USA and International Business School of Washington, both of whom are accrediting our certification. We also have some professors from these institutions teaching our kids. So it's a great opportunity for the kids to network and get recommendations when they want to get into these institutions later in life," says Mohana Lakshmi, founder of Kidspreneur.