UndrTheRadr Brings Noise to Social Change

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Written by Aanikh Kler. 

I believe that our generation can truly make the world a better place through social entrepreneurship. As the future custodians of the world, I believe that our generation can think WE over ME.

Since grade eight, I have been a member of a Free The Children Group in Vancouver, British Columbia, and have learned of their many different amazing projects that help youth all over the world.

Click here to read the full blog on Free the Children’s Website.

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By WARREN JANE

Sixteen-year-old Vancouver student Aanikh Kler has been speaking to other kids about pursuing and developing their ideas in the wake of his Dragon’s Den appearance, where he scored a deal with Arlene Dickinson on his ringtone app, UndrTheRadr.

On Tuesday afternoon, he spoke to about 25 teens at the City of Surrey’s first Teen Hackathon at City Centre Library, where students brought their laptops, tablets and smartphones to try and use open data available online to design a useful app for the city.

“Part of my [public] speaking is I get to see all the amazing things cities and schools are now doing to help foster innovation and ideas,” said Kler. “I think an event like this where you have people that know so much about apps and creating them can help piece the idea and the technical aspect together, which will actually help in creating apps going forward.”

Also at the event were representatives from Microsoft and Mozilla, the company that created the Firefox browser, as well as Surrey’s geographic information systems manager, Sean Simpson, who said that the aim of the hackathon was for youth to start thinking about ways they can develop technology to help others.

“We want to get them involved in social issues and civic issues and try to make them civic-minded. We also know that teenagers never leave a smart phone; it’s always in their hand,” said Simpson. “We want to try to connect them with issues that are civic issues, with technology. So today we’re trying to connect the dots for them.”

 

Click Here to read the full article on The Leaders’s Website.

 

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When I was a kid, the thing I dreaded most was public speaking. Give me a pop quiz, a spelling test, a science project, anything, any day, but a debate or reciting a speech? Um, no thank you. Even now, the idea of getting in front of people and talking makes me shudder, and just reminds me of the sweats and the shakes I would get when I wasn’t faking a stomachache and running out of the classroom. True story.

Thankfully, there are some kids who enjoy putting it all out there. That’s right, it’s that time of year, “Dragons’ Den” fans, when students stand in front of the firing squad comprised of Kevin O’Leary, Jim Treliving, Bruce Croxon, Arlene Dickinson and David Chilton, to see whether their dreams will come true or be shot down. Hard.

Click here to read the full blog on Huffington Post

Under The Radar No More

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Posted by YouInc

When a friend’s mobile phone was confiscated in class, Aanikh Kler had an epiphany that led to the development of a ringtone that could only be heard by people under 21. It not only changed his life, but the lives of underprivileged kids halfway around the world.

Click here to read the full story on YouInc’s Website

undrtheradr-grnThis app has been fascinating me for a couple of months now, ever  since my boyfriend and I heard about it via a segment on CTV News.  Why do I find it fascinating? Because it’s a ringtone app that can only be heard by teenagers and young adults.  This app is called UndrTheRadr,  and was invented by a 14-year-old Canadian by the name of Aanikh Kler.

From Aanikh’s bio:

“Yes my generation loves their cell phones- sometimes more than anything else. And yes, my generation loves the latest technology and we love our independence. But we also love to give and to share. We care about our world and we all want to make it a better place. This is what motivated me to create the UnderTheRadar Ringtone app to support Free the Children for young people seeking education in developing countries. I wanted to harness the awesome power of young people everywhere and the latest technology to spark awareness of problems many teenagers and young people don’t even think about. Many of us don’t know that it only takes a dollar a day to feed, clothe and send a kid to school in developing countries. Many of us don’t know that for twenty-five dollars, you can provide someone clean water for the rest of his or her lives!”

This app uses frequencies for the ringtones that (in general) only people under age 21 can hear.  What does that mean? Think about it. It means that teenagers with iPhones who download this app have the ability to hear phone calls and texts without teachers or parents hearing them.  Great concept…just not sure what I think about it.  Thinking back to my devious teen-aged mind, I’m sure I would have been using this in plenty of places I shouldn’t have been, lol.

So now I’ll tell you why this app really fascinates me.  It’s because my boyfriend, who’s in his late 30′s, can actually hear these ringtones….and I can’t!  Huh? No fair! Yes, we’ve done a few tests with this app involving X-man, his 7-year-old son, and they both can hear the same ringtones.  Turns out, my boyfriend can hear dog whistles too, so I guess there is something unique to his adult hearing.  Doesn’t matter how silent the room, or how hard I listen, I can’t hear a darn thing when it comes to those ringtones!

What I really like about this app is the fact that 20 cents from every 99 cent download of this app is donated to Free The Children, an international charity, started by Craig Kielburger, that helps children around the globe.  Not only is it impressive that a 14-year-old came up with the idea for this app, but that he chose to make sure that a portion of the sales of his app go to a great charity.  His parents must be pretty proud of him!

So give this app a try for yourself.  Can you hear the ringtones? Your kids? Your dog?  I’d love to know if any of my readers can hear these ringtones.  I just can’t promise I won’t be jealous of your finely tuned hearing if you can.