First Name

Medha

Last Name

G.

Bio

Medha is a social entrepreneur, award-winning speaker, and a senior at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. She is very passionate about Computer Science and its real-world applications. At school, Medha has taken several computer science and technology courses including Computer Vision, Artificial Intelligence, Mobile Development, Web Development, AP Computer Science + Data Structures, AP Computer Science Principles and Accelerated Computer Science. She can code in Scratch, Swift, Java, JavaScript, PHP, HTML/CSS, Python, Ruby, MIT App Inventor, and Arduino. At school she is a Debate Captain, NHS vice-president, Mobile App club officer, and Latin Club webmaster. The website she maintains for Latin Club has won 5th prize at the 2019 National Latin convention. Tech-savvy teen recognized a problem and tried to solve it by developing SafeTravel app, which won the 2017 Congressional App Challenge and the 2018 Technovation Social Innovation Award. This recognition fueled her passion to encourage other girls to take up STEM careers and close the gender gap. She founded SheTEM, a 501 (c)(3) https://www.shetem.org/ nonprofit to inspire young girls to take up STEM and computer science careers. She has done several coding clubs in Title-1 community centers, girls scouts groups, and at elementary schools. Through her interactions with young girls, she observed that - ‘You become what you see’. She then created, SheCAN STEM series on YouTube channel SheTEM, a social media campaign designed to inspire young girls which has 2000+ views. She has reached and inspired 1000+ girls / kids, as a guest speaker at various area events such as the Young Women’s Leadership Program - Women In Code, USPTO, elementary schools, Title-1 community center events, girls scouts and coding clubs. She has also raised $2000 for Chennai drought by conducting coding clubs. This summer, she was selected for Apple - Engineering Technology Camp (ETC), 1 of 25 students invited to Apple Cupertino HQ for all-expenses paid 4 week internship program. Last summer she conducted research on AVeNEU: A Robust Neural Network for Speech Recognition Against Ambient Vehicle Noise and through Inventors’ Club, developed Medispense: Pill Dispensation through Automation at GMU The Aspiring Scientists Summer Internship Program (ASSIP). She has also helped organize AI Summits, attended by 700+ students. This year at HackTJ, 50 students attended the mobile app workshop conducted by her. Medha is honored to receive Girls in Technology Inspiration Award (Virginia Mentor-Protege Program, voted by all the fellow proteges and 30 mentors, Spring 2019); Academic All American Award - National Speech and Debate Association (Only 1% of NSDA member students receive), 2019. She is featured and interviewed in Washington Post, WDVM TV channel, Connections Newspaper, and several other national and international publications. On International Day of Girl Child 2018, Indian Eagle publication awarded, Medha as “7 Amazing Indian American Girls who Make Us Proud”. Medha hopes to pursue a degree in Computer Science with a minor in Behavioral Science. National debater believes, “If we see something wrong with the world, we should do something about it.”