Pranjal Chalise felicitated as WaiWai Glocal Teen Hero Nepal 2021
Pranjal Chalise, a 19-year-old technopreneur from Kathmandu, was awarded the title of ‘WaiWai Glocal Teen Hero Nepal 2021’ at a virtual award ceremony organised by Glocal on September 1. It is the seventh iteration of the Glocal Teen Hero Award, which is the only national platform in Nepal to identify and honour outstanding teenagers whose creativity, commitment, experience, and strong leadership have helped them achieve success in life.
Chalise was selected among the top six finalists: Anurag Chapagain, (18 years old YouTuber from Nawalparasi); Deepak Sutihar (19 year old social entrepreneur from Saptari); Khusbu Bhandari, (18 year old wildlife conservationist from Chitwan); Neha Gurung, (19 year old social activist from Kathmandu); and Sabhya Rai, (19 year old education activist from IIam)
Chalise has aided the blind community by inventing Drishti Nepal which helps in recognising currency bills and cash transactions. He has also developed a mobile application that provides agricultural news and information from authentic sources. Another app is a women safety app. And two other educational apps have 7,500 users. Chalise has also initiated a non-profit tech venture called E-educators Nepal which enhances the quality of online education and makes educational resources more accessible. He is currently working on a research paper about blockchain technology and smart contracts and the ways in which technological advancement can mitigate the costs of elongated transaction processes.