Whenever I felt like giving up, I remembered my favorite inventor, Thomas Edison's words, "I didn't fail 1,000 times. The lightbulb was an invention with 1,000 steps."
The above explicitly stated lines aforesaid by Siddharth Mandala, a 17-year-old boy from Telangana who was compelled by Nirbhaya Case to drum up a device to prevent rape.
Some people and incidents crossed his path and changed his whole direction. Only personal experience can't change a man but a man can change himself by putting himself in the shoes of others.
Such an adage was implemented by this guy and thus he set himself on fire to change the life of helpless women and decided to act as a life saver.
Sid was affected after the case when his mom joined the march for the Nirbhaya Campaign with 500 people for several weeks to support the victim and her family. He thought what if it was her mother? Or her friend?
Soon, he joined for the same. Weekly at an initial stage, then on alternate days and on most days straight for 17 hours on just three slices of bread.
As the time passed by, he realized that it was not the rape that hurt the victim, but rather the society which looks down.
For a quarter period of time, he protested, waiting for justice the judicial system did not satisfy him.
He used his knowledge & the internet and invented a patent-pending device called ElectroShoe.
He had to solve numberless knots to reach his goal. With the help of mentors of LinkedIn and social media, he worked on various languages.
Some of them even stopped replying him.
His prototype failed 17 times. Abhishek one of his friend also accompanied him while experimenting but they didn't stop recalling Thomas Edison's words.
It took him 2 years to build a working prototype. Hard work is the key to success and thus he was able to create a working prototype of the shoe. He was on cloud nine and jumped onto his next idea to spread the idea to save at least a few lives.
He invented a patent-pending device called ElectroShoe. It can electrocute the perpetrator instantly by inflicting 0.1 Ampere of electricity while sending an alert for assistance to cops and family members. To accomplish this, he created a unique circuit board that uses footsteps to charge itself with the help of a concept called the "piezoelectric effect" which he learned in physics class. The more the user walks, the more energy is generated and stored in a rechargeable battery.
''Because of my efforts, the Education Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Telangana, Kadiyam Srihari, awarded me with a letter of appreciation.''
Influenced by his mother, he became an activist and started an NGO called Cognizance Welfare Initiative to spread awareness about rape. CWI started with five people but after the BBC article of filling over 30 potholes in and around Hyderabad with the renowned "Pothole Man" Gangadhar Tilak, they ended up with more than 40 volunteers.
Lastly, he was approached by USA-based Organisation Empower and Excel to be a part of their Indian Youth Wing as a team leader.
He was asked to lead there, from helping children and improving their literature knowledge to build eco-friendly Ganeshas.
That's a great achievement by this social entrepreneur. He has made defenseless women powerful with his device and has generated a new hope for a lady.