Shillong: Meaidaibahun Majaw’s mother wasn’t happy when she started noticing that her nine-year-old girl was being online most of the time. However, that changed completely a few months later when she saw that Meaidaibahun was utilising the Internet to create something productive — an app that would tackle a global menace ‘bullying’.
Meaidaibahun has her own story to share on why she decided to create the app. “I came up with the idea as I experienced being bullied myself from Nursery to Class II. Although I’m not bullied anymore, it was rough till when I was in Class II,” she recalled.
Today, Meaidaibahun has brought laurels to the state by being one among 15 children from around the world to be selected for a scholarship for travelling to the Silicon Valley in the US to meet investors.
“I wish that this app will be able to stop bullying around the world,” she said.
The app, which would be made available on Google Play soon, will allow victims to report incidents to teachers, guardians and friends without revealing identities.
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“Users can provide details of cases, including the bully’s name, etc, and send messages to the people concerned. This will allow the authorities concerned to take necessary steps,” she explained.
Meaidaibahun grew up playing games online, but later got acquainted with coding, a major software to build applications. She enrolled in an app-development course in September last year, and learned the skills within a few months.
After getting the news of the scholarship, Meaidaibahun was naturally overjoyed. She will be visiting Silicon Valley in the month of May to present the app before an audience comprising investors.
Meanwhile, Majaw has also been able to develop an app for ordering their choice of food and pay online.