May 12 2021: Two US-based teenagers both aged 15, of Indian origin have created the world’s first science social network SciLynk, a comprehensive platform connecting students teachers and research professionals in the STEM industry.
Arnav Chakravarthy and Arvind Kumar, based in Cupertino, California, say they plan that SciLynk will be a completely free platform, and will be accessible to every science enthusiast, no matter what level they are at.
Their website, as yet not populated says: “Communications and connections in the science community online have been... well lacking. And that's where SciLynk came in. With connections and communication in mind, we designed Scilynk to push the limits of scientific discovery, aiming to not only build long-lasting relationships but to provide resources and tools to those who would not have had access to them before. Eventually, our idea evolved into a comprehensive social network for all science enthusiasts, ranging from youth aspiring to work in a STEM career to industry professionals. With SciLynk's suite of professional tools to enjoyable networking features, we are confident that our advanced platform will revolutionize scientific communications!”
“Social media has exhibited tremendous potential and we are tapping into that potential for the scientific community. Science lovers should have a platform to ask and answer questions, connect and follow others, and join niche science groups that they are interested in - and that is what SciLynk is all about!”
IndiaWest from where this story is sourced, quotes Arnav on how the duo got the inspiration: “During our summer vacation, Arvind and I felt that we were just whiling away time and that we should work towards something meaningful. The pandemic has definitely affected our work, as we always work remotely, however, I think that our constant communications with each other compensate for the lack of in-person interaction. Arvind and I message each other every day over logistics and site development, and we have gotten quite a bit done despite the circumstances.”
The two students have plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign to help fund their enterprise.