First Name

Gia

Last Name

R.

Bio

Gia's interest in technology began when she joined John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, a gifted education program that has provided her the opportunity to study robotics, computer science, and cryptology during summer break. She was a founding member of the Girls Who Code Club, and a member of her school's VEX Robotics team, serving as team captain and programmer. Her team was Finalist in the 2015 VEX Robotics Worlds Championship. She received the National Junior Honor Society Medal of Excellence. She is the Vice-President of the National Honor Society. In 2017, Gia designed her first mobile application. SNAPStroke, which attempts to predict symptoms of a stroke in real-time and helps people get treatment faster using machine learning, computer vision, and speech analysis. Gia is a 2018 NCWIT Aspirations in Computing National Winner, first-ever freshman to win this award. She is a 2018 NCWIT Puerto Rico/USVI Regional Affiliate Winner, 2017 ProjectCSGIRLS National Winner, and 2017 InnovateHER Puerto Rico Finalist sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration. She won the 2017 Girl who leads award conferred by the Governor of Puerto Rico, as well as the 2016 Outstanding Achievement in Robotics, 2017 Most Outstanding Achievement in Geometry and 2018 Most Outstanding Achievement in French awards. Gia enjoys teaching STEM workshops to younger girls. In 2018, she founded her social enterprise, Girl Innovation. The mission is to close the gender gap in tech, sponsored by Cortelco Systems, CISCO, NCWIT AspireIT, T-Mobile, and HERLead. The program offers summer camp, workshops, and mentoring services that introduce girls to programming, robotics, and cybersecurity. The program also has conversations between women from the technology industry and girls, so they can be identified and explore the field. For her initiative, Gia received the 2018 Puerto Rico Leadership Award in Innovation & Technology category, the Puerto Rico Governor’s Medal for her contributions to the society, and the Mayor of Gurabo medal for her leadership and entrepreneurial skills. She was selected as a 2019 HERLead Fellow sponsored by Vital Voices and Ann Taylor/Loft Company and 2019 T-Mobile Changemaker. Every year the 29 October serves as a day to bring awareness to stroke around the world. In 2018, the Senate of Puerto Rico invited her as a guest speaker in the "Conversatorio: Tómalo en Serio y Piensa Rápido" to present her project SNAPStroke. She received 2019 Special Recognition at NCWIT Puerto Rico Affiliate Award Ceremony, she also was one of the guest speakers. Gia is fascinated by the fusion between the fields of artificial intelligence and medicine. She hopes to attend college and become a Biomedical engineer.