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Wired: She's Got Code

December 2005

She's Got Code

At age 5, Arfa Karim Randhawa saw her first computer lab. She remembers wondering, "What's inside these boxes?" At 7, the schoolgirl from Faisalabad, Pakistan, was PowerPointing with ease. And by age 9, her father, a UN peacekeeper, persuaded a local technology institute to let her enroll. She passed the final exam after four months of study and became one of the youngest Microsoft Certified Professionals in the world. That title mean she's qualified to help businesses put Microsoft products and technology into action.

Back in Redmond, the brass was impressed. In July, they flew Randhawa and her father to Microsoft headquarters, so Bill Gates could meet the whiz kid. She politely grilled him about the dearth of women working for his company. "Come to Pakistan," she told him. "You'll find women interested in technology." Now 10, Randhawa is working toward a lead developer certification. In the long term – say, by age 15 – she hopes to become the youngest MIT or Harvard grad and then to return to work in Pakistan. Watch your back, Bill.

Arfa Karim Randhawa

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Reader Comments (2)

fantastic girl.., u did such a amazing thing .. which is to be apriciable.., hats of to u.,

April 21, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteriftikhar

Very nice post... but its really unfortunate that as of this writing this girl is in a critical condition and in fact on life support:


She is in dire need of your prayers...

December 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHowdy

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