Ananya is a junior in Computer Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Having bipolar herself, she understands the importance of digital tools for managing mental health and developed Anemone, a crisis app for people experiencing mental health emergencies. She recently gave a TEDx talk at UIUC about her personal journey as a college student with a mental illness. Ananya developed a 3D-printed robotic prosthetic hand for leprosy victims in India and was invited to the White House to present her invention. She was also recognized for her start-up, Magikstra, at the Carnegie Science Awards as its youngest recipient ever, and the Mayor of Pittsburgh named a day after her in the city of Pittsburgh. When she's not coding or tinkering around, Ananya likes to make memes and bake pecan pies.
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