Teenager Wins Coding Contest, Pockets Firm US Offer, Loses It After Revealing His Age | Nagpur News

NAGPUR: Vedant Deokate was browsing Instagram on his mother’s old laptop when he came across a link to a website development contest. He entered the competition, wrote 2,066 lines of code in two days and landed a dream job at an American company. The salary lump sum: around Rs 33 lakh per year.
The New Jersey ad agency wanted Vedant to join its HRD team to “assign work and manage other coders,” but later withdrew its to offer after learning that he was only 15 years old. He was chosen from approximately 1,000 entries from around the world.
Asking him not to be disappointed, the company suggested that Vedant finish his studies and contact them for a job. “We are impressed with your experience, professionalism and approach,” the firm wrote to Vedant. “The team enjoyed your presentation and appreciated your ideas on our strategy.”
Vedant had developed a website, animeeditor.com, which provides customers with the ability to download videos like YouTube, with additional features of blogs, vlogs, chatbot and also a video viewing platform.
“Additionally, one can edit his profile, have live followers and get likes,” he said. “I used HTML and JavaScript language and Virtual Studio Code (2022).
He had won a gold medal in a science exhibition at his school in Narayana e-techno, Wathoda, by designing a model radar system.
Vedant’s father, Rajesh, and mother Ashwini are assistant professors in engineering colleges in Nagpur. They would mainly keep Ashwini’s laptop in the locker and the mobile phone in the car, fearing the teenager would neglect his studies.
Vedant said he would search the net avidly for online courses and had attended about two dozen software development tutorial sessions, coding and techniques like Python during confinement on his mother’s laptop. Vedant worked on this slow, outdated laptop to develop the website – a feat that surprised many.
Rajesh is now thinking of buying her a new laptop. “We had no idea. It was a call from my son’s school that informed us of this job offer,” he says. “Vedant received the email from the US company and was confused. He told his teachers and they were amazed when it turned out to be true. They helped my son answer the company and told them he was only 15 and studying in class 10.”
Ashwini, a computer science and electronics teacher, said Vedant would remain glued to his laptop – much to his anxiety – but she had no idea he was actually working on anything productive. “We have always been tough on him, insisting on academics. But his teachers and principal (Rani Bhoyar) called me just to say he was a gifted kid,” Rajesh said.

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