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13-Year-Old Shani Zuniga Designs Energy Saving Home Climate App #WomenInSTEM

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ventixWho says you have to be an adult to invent something useful? 13-year-old Shani Zuniga, together with her father, Gabi, and their neighbor Danny Eizips have created a cloud-controlled home heating and cooling device called Ventix. Unlike Nest, which controls the overall climate in the entire house, the Arduino-based Ventix can be used to control the climate in each individual room by opening or closing individual air vents.

For the Disrupt SF Hackathon, Zuniga enlisted his 13-year old daughter, Shani, as the designer for the app that controls the entire system. ¬†While she’s been learning to create graphics for awhile now, this was her first ever hackathon. ¬†Shani designed the entire app for both iPad and iPhone and is now working on one for Android.