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Anushk Mittal

The 17-year-old prodigy on developing a sleep app called ‘Sleepisle’, which won him the Apple scholarship 2016

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Anushk Mittal
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Why ‘Sleepisle’?

We spend one-third of our lives sleeping; inadequate sleep makes individuals imp­atient, vulnerable to anxiety, and inefficient. So why not create something that helps battle that!

Tell us about the app.

It’s not a regular, passive sleep-tracker but actively monitors heart rate and plays dreamy melodies to improve your sleep efficiency.

What about the $1,599 Apple scholarship ticket?

It feels good to be recognised; It’s an honour to have made my parents, school, principal proud.

You call yourself a sleepy-head.

During my holidays, while my fellows played, travelled and engaged in summer camps, all I did was sleep.

You are only on the iOS platform.

I have always been a typical tech-savvy iPhone user and it had to be iOS.

Your app had over 3,000 downloads too!

It has been a mixed bag of feedback despite the downloads. Many have applauded the app, other reviews helped me introduce new features.

As a young app expert, which ones do you use the most?

Beyond social media it is mostly health apps, and a few productivity ones like Slack, Mail, To-Do lists etc.

What are you working on?

The experience of travelling in Southeast Asia  motivated me to build a virtual reality experie­nce that builds the natural atmosp­here in the comfort of your home.

Other interests?

Researching new technologies, trying out gadgets, building platforms to solve social challenges.

What does the road ahead look like?

I will study computer science at Georgia Tech. I see myself continuing working on the latest technologies and innovating new products.

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