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Arnav Hingorani is a 13-year-old math whiz, national tennis champ and taekwondo black belt — now he can add global coding competition finalist to the list, too. (Naresh Hingorani/Submitted)
Arnav Hingorani created the app My Life Resume to help students like him keep track of, organize and share important personal events, milestones and memories. His app was chosen out of thousands to be a finalist in a prestigious, global coding competition and is now in the process of being uploaded to Google Play. (Naresh Hingorani/Submitted)

Arnav Hingorani is a 13-year-old math whiz, national tennis champ and taekwondo black belt — now he can add global coding competition finalist to the list, too. (Naresh Hingorani/Submitted)
Arnav Hingorani started learning coding at 9 years old. Now, four years later, the North Scottsdale student has been named one of 18 finalists in a prestigious, global coding competition for an app he created.
“Anyone with advanced level coding (was invited) to make an app that can help solve a real-world problem,” Arnav said. “There were thousands of applicants and they picked the best to be finalists, and mine ended up being one of those. … I’m honored to be one of them, you know. I think they’re all very good.”
Naresh, Arnav’s dad, said he and his wife encourage their kids to pursue different educational and athletic opportunities. Coding was one of those opportunities, and Arnav excelled at it.  
“I believe learning AI and data science are table stakes for all students in the future,” Naresh said. “Studying coding has developed Arnav’s approach to solving complex problems and, as a parent, it’s gratifying to watch his progress.”
Arnav’s coding skills amped up in July 2020, during the stay-at-home period of the pandemic. His parents enrolled him in an advanced coding course at BYJU’S FutureSchool, an online learning platform that teaches math, coding, music, arts and film via one-on-one, live instruction with a teacher. Arnav said he was already advanced in math and had a knack for learning languages, so coding seemed like a natural progression and something he knew would be helpful to learn.
“Learning to code has many benefits,” said Richa Agnihotri, Arnav’s coding teacher at BYJU’S FutureSchool. “First and foremost, it is a skill that is highly valued in the workforce, and jobs related to computer programming are growing exponentially. Beyond the computer, coding teaches critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity and resilience.”
 Having studied coding since age 9 and having already built some games using Lua in Roblox and Javascript, Arnav’s journey at BYJU’S started with learning some basics and expanded to various programming languages such as html, css, jsx, python and dart. 
During the summer of 2021, Arnav’s coding teacher encouraged him to think of a problem that can be solved using technology via an app. Arnav decided to create an app for students like him to keep track of important personal events, milestones and memories; organize them; and share them.
“I do a lot of things in my life. I do tennis, coding, math and other stuff, and I had no easy way to store all of the milestones that I got in all these different things,” he said about his inspiration for the app. “I talked with a lot of different people, and they all agreed there was no easy way to organize these different milestones using an app.”
When Arnav says he “does a lot of things,” he’s not kidding. He has frequently participated in national tennis tournaments, math contests and taekwondo competitions, and his hobbies include traveling and cooking. With all these events, it’s hard to keep track of everything, which is why he created his app, My Life Resume.
Arnav Hingorani created the app My Life Resume to help students like him keep track of, organize and share important personal events, milestones and memories. His app was chosen out of thousands to be a finalist in a prestigious, global coding competition and is now in the process of being uploaded to Google Play. (Naresh Hingorani/Submitted)
The app is designed to help kids upload and organize events by categories like academics, sports, arts or volunteer, and they can search for their events using keywords. Users can also share noteworthy events with friends and family. In addition, the app is a way to network with others in the same age group with common interests.
In July 2021, Arnav was selected to participate in BYJU’S “18u18” competition, where 18 advanced coding students younger than  18 globally compete for recognition. As a finalist, he was then assigned a mentor to help develop his prototype into a functioning app.
“I had to build the app on a certain (coding) language that was completely new to me. And you have to do it within about two months, so my mentor helped me to learn that language, transfer things over and then make more features,” Arnav said about developing his app.
“The new language was certainly very interesting, but just being able to think of a problem, being creative with it and building different functions of the app were all learning experiences.”
My Life Resume, along with the other apps in the final stage of the competition, are in the process of being published on Google Play. Arnav isn’t waiting around, though. In fact, he’s already working on a new movie recommendation app that uses AI and machine learning concepts to rate movies and give users recommendations.
“It is a very proud moment for me as a teacher to witness the success of my coding student, Arnav,” Agnihotri said. “I feel that I was able to help him learn and pass along my knowledge, technical concepts and experience in coding. I wish Arnav a bright future and all the best.”
As for Arnav, said he plans to keep learning and continue to build. Naresh said maybe Arnav will create an app that helps with tennis and combine his two hobbies. Or, Naresh joked that maybe Arnav will become a chef, because he also loves to cook in his free time. Whatever it may be, he knows his son has learned a lot and has a bright future.
“In any industry, these concepts are going to be part of it,” Naresh said. “No matter what field you pick, it will interact with technology. So I think it just gives that opportunity to have a good foundation, and I think he has aspirations.”
The “18u18” finalist, national tennis champion, national math champion, taekwondo black belt holder and beginner chef currently attends ASU Preparatory Academy. The curriculum is rigorous and programs are designed to be difficult, with the aim of preparing students not just for college but for careers and for life.
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