First Name

Alexandra

Last Name

R.

Bio

Alexandra is a senior in high school from San Francisco, California who is passionate about the intersection of entrepreneurship, biology, and computer science. Alexandra first become fascinated with computer science during the summer before 6th grade. After being told her idea of creating a facial-recognition app to detect lipstick color was not technologically feasible, she set off to learn herself. Although she never learned to code a facial recognition app that summer, she did find her new passion that would stick with her until today. An avid coder, Alexandra quickly realized the lack of girls like her fascinated with technology. After taking a course on education in the Bay Area, she learned of the disadvantage of low-income students to gain access to technology, and thus computer science education. From this was born The Coding League, a now international non-profit dedicated to providing computer science education to girls and low-income youth around the world. The Coding League first started out small; Alexandra ran bake sales and hosted technology drives in order to provide local computer science non-profits with technology to accommodate more low-income children. Alexandra has been a member of her school's Girls Who Code Club since 9th grade, and this year serves as the President. Last year, she oversaw the programming of a study tool for peers at her school. After interacting with passionate youth in the process, and seeing the importance of female solidarity in technology from GWC, Alexandra decided to expand her efforts, and work to teach computer science to local youth in her area, and establish all-girl chapters across the world to maximize impact. With over 25 ambassadors and chapters all over the world, The Coding League is still expanding today. Her junior year, Alexandra completed an independent study on Artificial Intelligence at her school. She put her new knowledge to use at MIT Launch, a highly selective summer program for entrepreneurial youth, where she worked to program an AI-powered database for her company Beefindr's website. Through her study of AI, Alexandra found a passion for computer vision. After her grandfather went blind due to a ruptured brain aneurysm pressing on his optic nerve that the doctors could not identify, Alexandra wanted to create a solution for this problem. With the help of ophthalmologist Larry Schwartz, and Andre Esteva of the Stanford AI Thurn Lab, Alexandra is working on using computer vision to detect optic nerve swelling through an iPhone app and a partially manufactured, partially 3D-printed ophthalmoscope. OpticEye is expected to release early 2018. In school, Alexandra is currently enrolled in AP Computer Science and Human Physiology where she is furthering her studies of the intersection between biology and computer science. This year, Alexandra is working with a friend to code an app to help the elderly manage Alzheimer's for the Technovation 2018 challenge. Alexandra plans to major in Computer Science and Biology in college, and then receive an MBA. She plans to intersect her love of entrepreneurship with technology, in fields such as computer vision, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology.