First Name

Justina

Last Name

C.

Bio

Justina is a senior at Vernon Hills High School in Vernon Hills, Illinois. She’s passionate about the intersection of computer science and social good. Last summer, she interned at State Farm and built front and back end code for Statefarm.com. She’s also aimed to further her coding experience through hackathons. At Windy City Hacks, she won Best Overall for Habit@, a web app that tracks sustainable habits. At Technica, she won Best Use of Open Data and Best for Small Businesses Hack for Secure the Bread, a web/iOS app that aims to combat food insecurity and food waste by connecting local restaurants with leftovers to communities in need, and implemented Google Maps and Google Cloud APIs. She is currently working on an app to improve digital wellbeing and mindfulness. She is a fierce advocate for equitable computer science education and bridging the gender gap in technology. She runs HAX, a 501(c)(3) organization that aims to make computer science more accessible by helping students organize 12+ hackathons across three countries through mentorship. They’re also partnered with BUILT BY GIRLS and Hack Club, and hope to continue expanding in the future. She also serves as an organizer for GirlCon, an all-girls technology conference that impacts 400+ girls. As a Stanford She++ Fellow, she was one of 20 high school girls in the nation invited to attend the She++ summit where she toured tech companies, networked with industry professionals, and discussed ways to further education and diversity in computer science. Within my community, she ran a Google CS First chapter teaching young students game design, and a STEM Speaker Series featuring female tech industry leaders. She also seek to learn more about STEM and careers in different fields. As an Illinois Tenth Congressional District STEM Scholar, she joined Congressman Brad Schneider on visits to STEM-related businesses and facilities. She’s also a BUILT BY GIRLS WAVE Advisee, where she learned about management, data analytics, and more through mentors at Amazon and Uber. At school, she is President of Hack Club, where she teaches software and hardware workshops, organizes CS outreach events, and leads meetings. She organizers the Innovation Fair, a school-wide annual entrepreneurship competition held with local businesses. She also competes on the Varsity Robotics team, where she build Arduino robots; Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering, where she compete in CS and English; and FBLA, where she compete in business-related events and qualified for Nationals. Lastly, she engages in volunteering efforts as a Career Advisory Council Student Representative, Peer Tutor, and NHS member. She intends to major in Computer Science with a focus on human-computer interaction and data analytics to inclusively design applications for everyone. Ad astra!