The alleys of Mumbai’s Dharavi, one of the largest slums in the world, have been home to some unlikely innovations in the last two years, thanks to a group of local teenage girls who’ve been coding to make apps that can solve their community’s problems.

The girls, aged between eight and sixteen, are part of a slum innovation project in Dharavi’s Naya Nagar neighbourhood, started in 2014 by filmmaker Nawneet Ranjan. With the help of the open source developing tool MIT App Inventor, they have built several mobile apps to tackle the problems that they face on a daily basis: sexual harassment, access to water and education. Read more…

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