First Name

Jothi

Last Name

R.

Bio

Jothi is a rising senior at Lakeland High School in NY. Her fascination with coding began when she taught herself to build a “Hello, World!” program in 5th grade. Since then, she has coded in HTML/CSS, Java, JavaScript, Python, Octave, Objective C, and Swift. As a STEM enthusiast, she is determined to bridge the gender gap in STEM. With the encouragement of her mother and brother, she started ThinkSTEAM (www.thinksteam4girls.org), a 501(c)3 non profit organization to bridge the gender gap in STEAM. Through ThinkSTEAM, she partnered with several organizations (Facebook, Google, Accenture, IBM, the Society of Women Engineers, PepsiCo, Barnes & Noble, Columbia University SWE and iGEM team, Facebook, etc.) to conduct hands on technology workshops for K-12 girls. She has spread ThinkSTEAM to 700+ girls in eight states. Jothi also held the ThinkBIG Challenge through ThinkSTEAM for the past three years. She also enjoys teaching STEM workshops to younger girls. As a part of Columbia University’s Science Honors Program, she took courses on Stem Cells, Data Analysis with Neuroscience, Graph Theory, and Electrical Engineering, where she wired up laser pointers and radios. As a lover of machine learning, she finished Andrew Ng’s Machine Learning Course from Stanford on Coursera. Last summer, Jothi conducted machine learning research as a high school intern at IBM’s TJ Watson Research Headquarters. Jothi is a 2018 Global Teen Leader, 2017 She++ Fellow, a 2017 HERlead Fellow, and a 2017&18 WWDC Scholar. At WWDC17, Jothi took a selfie with Tim Cook, met/hugged Michelle Obama, and was in a women in tech panel at the Women @WWDC breakfast. For WWDC18, Jothi interviewed Karlie Kloss for TeenVogue, did a Snapchat Takeover at WWDC on TeenVogue's account, talked with Tim Cook about her current STEM projects, and did a podcast with YouTuber Sara Dietschy. She co-founded ClassFive with four other #include Fellows and created the app SafetyPin to decrease the prevalence of sexual assaults and help victims achieve legal justice. This year, she hopes to launch SafetyPin into the App Store to change the way people see sexual assaults, making them realize that it is a pressing problem. ClassFive is recognized as a 2017 Technovation App Challenge Global Semifinalist and Jothi is a 2018 Technovation Global Student Ambassador. Furthermore, Jothi received the HERlead grant to hold an all day STEAM-A-THON with various STEAM workshops for 75 middle school girls. She is conducting her AspireIT Grant program: Code Matters, a three workshop series at Columbia University. Jothi is part of her school’s Science Research Program, Chamber Orchestra, Varsity Debate Team, and Varsity Track & Field Team. She achieved proficiency in NYSSMA Level 6 for the Violin and has performed in Daisy Joplin’s Global Music Academy Orchestra at Lincoln Center. As a part of Girl’s Inc.’s Leadership Council, Jothi interviewed Erica Hill, a CNN news anchor, and attended their National Luncheon for two years, where Hillary Clinton has spoke as a #Champion4Girls. Though Jothi doesn't know where she wants to go to college, she is currently doing machine learning research at Columbia University and wants to continue studying machine learning in college, and wants to work in a tech company or launch a startup in the future. Jothi also enjoys traveling and hopes to travel the world and experience different cultures one day.