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Emma Yang: Innovating early for the elderly

After her grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, Emma Yang knew she wanted to do something to help. Using her experience as a coder, she designed the app Timeless, to help Alzheimer’s patients stay engaged by encouraging virtual interaction with friends and family members. In this interview, the 15-year-old phenom tells us about her passion for coding, gives advice for other aspirational and entrepreneurial young women on pursuing their dreams (and how younger people may be more creative than their older counterparts), and highlights the need for tech that is accessible for elderly users.

6:01: Teamwork makes the dream work

8:01: “You’re just a young girl.”

14:47: Intergenerational connection is universal

27:20: A word of advice to other young women

Juliana Batista

Juliana Batista is a brand strategy consultant with experience in the U.S. and China, and she previously operated at the intersection of sustainability and strategy for a Hong Kong-based textile manufacturer. Her experiences in China range from studying at Tsinghua University through Schwarzman Scholars to working and living in a 4th-tier industrial town. Juliana is an avid ultramarathoner and has a soft spot for jianbing.

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