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How netizens reacted to Time magazine naming 15-year-old Gitanjali Rao as Kid of the Year

“Observe, brainstorm, research, build and communicate," Rao told actor and activist Angelina Jolie about her work process in an interview from her home in Colorado.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 4, 2020 4:49:33 pm
Time Magazine, Time Kid of the Year, Indian American teen named kid of the year, Gitanjali Rao, US latest news, Gitanjali Rao teen inventor, indian express, indian express newsThis is not the first time Rao has earned plaudits for her work. Earlier in 2019, she was on the Forbes' 30 under 30 list.

Gitanjali Rao, a 15-year-old Indian-American scientist and inventor has been named Time Magazine’s first-ever Kid of the Year.

The US-based publication announced the award on Thursday and selected Rao from a field of more than 5,000 nominees. It cited her ability to use technology to tackle “issues ranging from contaminated drinking water to opioid addiction and cyberbullying”. As well as her mission to create a “global community of young innovators to solve problems the world over.”

“Observe, brainstorm, research, build and communicate,” Rao told actor and activist Angelina Jolie about her work process in a Zoom interview from her home in Colorado. In a tweet, the official handle of the publication shared the magazine cover along with a caption that read, “Introducing the first-ever Kid of the Year, Gitanjali Rao.”

Since the release of the cover, many took to social media to congratulate the 15-year-old. However, this is not the first time Rao has earned plaudits for her work. Earlier in 2019, she was on the Forbes’ 30 under 30 list.

Last year, teenage Swedish activist Greta Thunberg was named the youngest person to ever receive the honour.

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