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NamePranav Shikarpur
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What areas do you specialize in? (ex: Creative writing, web development, finance, activism, etc.)

Cloud Architecture, Web Development, Branding, Solutions architecture for the web, Technology Consulting, DevOps, Cybersecurity, Public Speaking, Blogging.

Talk about a time where you organized/built/created something.

I started an organization called Testing Waters in 10th Grade. We built a Portable Mobile Floating real-time data dissemination device for water quality monitoring and mapping. We had to identify the problem first. Furthermore, the process of building it was tedious as my partner and I had to learn how to do every part from the hardware-software interface to display live data on the internet. At the same time, we were able to collect data from 8 different lakes from the city of Bengaluru, India.

What is something you've learned related to your specializations, and what are your thoughts on it?

Specialization: Cloud Architecture, Skill: Building efficient web infrastructure
Specialization: Web Development, Skill: Full-Stack Web Development
Specialization: Solutions architecture for the web, Skill: Deployed efficient web infrastructures for several organizations.
Specialization: Blogging, Skill:

What are your passions, and how do you engage with them?

I'm passionate about problem-solving. I believe in working meticulously to identify a problem and evaluate different solutions to solve it. I have worked on to solving multiple social and civic issues in India. One prominent issue I'm working on is the Neighbourhood Dashboard ( We are building a platform to build civic awareness and help citizens make data-driven decisions in their neighborhood.

Have you applied to Startup Shell before?No
Why do you want to join Startup Shell?

I'm an innovator, entrepreneur, and musician. In a little time, of a few weeks, I have had at the UMD, I have not been able to meet a lot of like-minded entrepreneurs. Being from India (where I have started ventures with my fellow entrepreneurs), I wanted to find people at the UMD that could support me through this journey. I want to join Startup Shell to network with my fellow entrepreneurs at UMD and collaborate. I am currently applying as a fellow, I will apply as a founder in the future.

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Minor Planet named after me for winning the Intel ISEF -

How did you hear about us?I heard about the organization at First look fair after which I attended the open-house and learned more about Startup Shell.
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