Shriya Shukla: Student, Part of team Cantavits (Gold Scholarship Winner in Technovation 2017-18)
The #SheInnovates stories team sat down with Shriya Shukla to discuss the role of women in innovation. Get involved at She Innovates Global.
#SheInnovates Stories: Innovation is solving the world's problems. What problem are you solving?
Shriya Shukla: I, along with my team, aim to solve the problem of e-waste management through our Android application, EEDO.
#SheInnovates: When did you realize your innovation was a breakthrough?
SS: After reading an article, in a National Daily, about the problems caused by improper management of e-waste, we decided to create a solution for this problem. When I started researching this issue, I realized how big of a global asset our idea could be, if executed properly.
#SheInnovates: What were some unexpected obstacles you overcame in the innovation process?
SS: One obstacle I hadn’t predicted was enlisting people for our cause. I had anticipated that everyone would be eager to use our app, not that they would think that it was “too much of a hassle.” However, I was able to overcome this problem by telling people about the adverse effects of improper e-waste disposal, and spreading awareness among the masses.
#SheInnovates: What inspires you to love your work?
SS: The knowledge that I am utilizing the resources at my disposal to make this world a better place drives me. Doing what I believe in makes loving my work an effortless task.
#SheInnovates: What do you hope that young women coming behind you take from your work?
SS: The most significant thing I want to pass on to women/girls behind me is the will to work, and the knowledge that their contribution is an integral part of the innovation field. I hope they are motivated by my work, and that they realize innovation is not a “male-only” field.
#SheInnovates: Why are women in innovation important?
SS: Women in innovation are important because they are as much a part of society as men are. They are also aware of the problems that we, as a society, face. Women are even aware of some issues men do not know about—issues faced only by them. Thus, their contribution to innovation is very much cherished and necessary.
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Interviews have been lightly edited for clarity and length.