First Name

Ria

Last Name

D.

Bio

Ria is a sophomore at Monta Vista High School in California who is passionate about computer science. Ever since she attended a coding class at a library years ago, she became fascinated with the multi-faceted world of programming. Motivated by how she could use technology to help better the lives of countless other people, Ria taught herself Java, C, Python, Swift, and HTML/CSS. Recently, she was inspired by her school’s special education community to code an Android and iOS app to help individuals with autism overcome the challenges they face using speech recognition. The app, Alleviate, became a Global Finalist in the 2018 Technovation Challenge out of 20,000 applicants and represented the United States at the World Pitch Summit. Alleviate garnered recognition from established Congress members, such as Mike Gatto and Evan Low; it even received a Certificate of Recognition from California Representative Ro Khanna. For these efforts, several media outlets and various national newspapers like the San Jose Mercury News and theCUBE have featured the app. Interested in how artificial intelligence would impact the world, Ria attended the Stanford AI4ALL program in her freshman year of high school, where she coded a machine learning algorithm that correlates cancerous genes with 96% accuracy. In the future, Ria hopes to work at companies like Apple or Facebook before creating her own technology startup that changes the world and impacts millions.