Stanley Wang is a 15 year old student from Phoenix, Arizona who grew up in a family of Chinese immigrants. His father grew up in a poor farming family, in which everyday was a struggle for a meal. This has inspired him to fight the problem of world hunger for people in rural areas like the one his family grew up in. As a member of the nonprofit organization freeCodeCamp, Wang is connected to a national community of activists who use coding in order to aid nonprofits and solve local community problems. This gives him access to a network of like-minded people to aid him in his cause.
Stanley grew up loving to code, beginning his computer science career by programming games and applications such as calculators. He now has experience in multiple coding languages and has developed about 10 applications in order to support his vision. He is excited to pursue his passion to helping prevent rural hunger and plans to eventually expand to reach the lofty goal of stopping world hunger as a whole.
World hunger is a terrible issue today, and is most commonplace in rural areas because of their lack of technology and wealth compared to more developed areas. In order to solve this problem, Stanley plans to use modern transportation technology, to ship foods and seeds to aid these rural communities. Stanley will bring the technology over to these poor farmers, and will use this peace technology to give them food and help them grow crops more effectively. He plans to connect these impoverished areas with neighbouring areas that have a surplus of food and technology, facilitating food donations. He’s also passionate about using GMOs to improve the quality of crops in these rural areas. Using this technology, Stanley will be able to improve the size of the crop and their resistance to pests and weather in these specific rural areas, which would drastically improve.
Meghana has a unique and compassionate interest in the field of genetic engineering. She tells me she wants to “use this field of science to further medicine in order to eradicate diseases from third world countries”. Meghana Manepalli is aware of the stigma and controversy that surrounds genetic engineering, but she feels that these opinions are based on false assumptions or fear. Meghana wants to focus her efforts on research for GE and making GE more accessible to scientists around the world. She knows that governments and other figures of power might create rules and regulations for genetic engineering. Despite these obstacles, she is determined to make an impact through this passion of hers.
A reason why third world countries are at such a setback is that diseases that are specific to the region. “We can use the technique CRISPR- CAS9 to genetically alter mosquitos to not carry certain viruses”. Diseases like Zika and Malaria are very common in many third world countries and take the lives of countless individuals each year. “Because genetic engineering will attack the cause of the disease, and not just treat the victims, this method of disease prevention might even prove to be more effective than traditional methods,” Meghana points out to me. Through procedures similar to these, Meghana hopes to better situations in third world countries. She hopes that diseases such as malaria will be eradicated. She hopes that the children of the future will be able to live long healthy lives, free of disease.