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Hana Rafeeq

Creator and Innovator


A 9-year-old self learning Indian girl born and brought up in UAE. I discovered my passion for coding at the age of five. When I was eight, I created my first storytelling mobile application called Hanas App and published it in the app store. I am a TEDx speaker and I delivered my first TED speech at the age of 9. My coding journey began when my sister Leena created her website at the age of six. I followed in her footsteps, and she became my coding instructor. Together, we started learning HTML, CSS, C, and C++. We delved into Swift, SwiftUI, Python, ML, and AI. We are self-learning girls following STEM education and human and machine languages. We have our knowledge-gaining methodologies developed by my father. We learn from projects and continue to explore creativity, skills, knowledge, and innovation. We are on an exciting journey of growth and learning, always seeking new challenges and opportunities to expand our horizons.


31 October, 2023 | 11:00 to 11:20
Armchair Chat Maria Vitoratos, Hana Rafeeq and Leena Rafeeq
31 October, 2023 | 14:30 to 14:50
AI in Education: Democratizing Learning & Fostering Inclusion

My GESS 2023 speech focuses on the impact of AI-powered virtual and remote learning tools on education, highlighting their potential to democratize education and remove barriers for students worldwide. It emphasizes the need for recognition and opportunities for both schooling and non-schooling children. The importance of creating provisions within the current system to facilitate the exchange of ideas and skills between these two groups is emphasized. Education industries are urged to reassess educational frameworks to accommodate diverse learning paths, while tech companies are encouraged to adopt inclusive practices. Society is called upon to celebrate alternative learning paths. The speech concludes by emphasizing the collective efforts required to dismantle biases, invest in research, and create policies that support the inclusion of both schooling and non-schooling children, fostering an empowering society that promotes collaboration between them.