As the world gears up to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 — Prime Minister Narendra Modi even giving up his social media handles on Sunday to women who matter — Indian women entrepreneurs have come of age and are helping millions remain healthy and fit on their digital devices, courtesy the Apple ecosystem.
Born in Visakhapatnam, Sivareena Sarika studied mechanical engineering at IIT Kharagpur and then went to work with Furlenco before co-founding the Pregbuddy app in 2017.
PregBuddy, available on the iOS ecosystem, is the first peer-to-peer instant reassurance platform for expecting mothers based on their location, trimester, language, region, and past medical conditions. “Expecting mothers can now stay updated about her pregnancy cycle on the Apple WatchFace, track their upcoming tests and appointments, get medicine reminders, and view her antenatal calendar right from her Apple Watch,” Sarika told IANS.
Globally, PregBuddy is the only maternal healthcare app that allows expecting mothers to track their vitals and symptoms with the ease of Apple Watch, and shares that data instantly with her own doctor and hospital, so that they can proactively monitor their patients remotely.
Take the case of Wysa — a Bengaluru-based mental health wellness app powered by an Artificial Intelligence-based bot. Co-founded by Jo Aggarwal and Ramakant Vempati, the emotionally intelligent chatbot uses AI to react to the emotions you express.
Used by more than a million people from all walks of life, widely used techniques like Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), yoga and meditation are employed to support people with depression, stress, anxiety, sleep, loss and a whole range of other mental health and wellness needs.
In March 2015, Jo Aggarwal launched ‘StayClose’, a startup that seeks to help people struggling with loneliness.
Within a year, she realized it wasn’t a market fit and it would be difficult to woo investors. The process pushed her into depression, a stage of her life which played a crucial role in the development of Wysa.
“Wysa is an emotionally intelligent chatbot that uses AI to react to the emotions you express. Unlock techniques that help you cope with challenges in a fun, conversational way,” said Aggarwal. Apple Accelerator in Bengaluru has helped the company excel on its journey. (IANS)