YouthSpark Profiles highlight young people in Asia Pacific who are dedicated to changing the world through technology and inspiring others along the way.
Having breezed through Biology and other science subjects at school, studying medicine or life sciences might have seemed an obvious choice for Muhammad Danish. The young Singapore-based app developer sometimes ponders where a career path in healthcare would have taken him—if he had not discovered the wonders of coding when he was eight.
“I was fortunate to have been exposed to computer programming at a very young age. It shaped my formative ideas about how technology can empower anyone to follow his or her own passion in many different fields. As a young boy, I remember being amazed at how easy it was to create or invent something useful just by being able to write a few simple lines of code,” Danish said.
Splitting time between schoolwork and coding tutorials, Danish has always been eager to share his knowledge and experience to help other youth embark on their coding journeys. He even supported the administrators at his former secondary school in the implementation of a programming curriculum, and served as a Windows UCrew Ambassador to promote technology to tertiary students.
Today, Danish channels most of his creativity and energy into app development. Through his involvement with YouthSpark, Danish developed a “Taxi Split” app that enables passengers to estimate and divide their fares according to the respective distances travelled.
He added, “Participating in YouthSpark has been a rewarding experience as I have been able to further hone my coding skills and exchange ideas with a community of like-minded peers and professionals—learning from each other or bringing our efforts together to solve an issue.”
Danish aims to put this experience into practice through his budding startup, DANamic.ORG, which he envisions as an outlet to empower young people by leveraging technology to network and advance their own pursuits, such as learning code.
“Picking up code is something everyone should definitely try, especially since there are so many resources available, such as Kodu and TouchDevelop, to help you learn programming logic,” Danish concluded.