Gitanjali Rao, Highlands Ranch High School
Gitanjali Rao is a 14-year-old student and inventor from STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado. She was named America's Top Young Scientist, and earned the Environmental Protection Agency’s Presidential Environmental Youth Award for her invention of Tethys, an early lead detection tool. Gitanjali is also the inventor of Epione, a device for the early diagnosis of prescription opioid addiction that uses genetic engineering. She recently launched Kindly, an anti-cyberbullying service that uses artificial intelligence and natural language processing. She was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2019, and was recognized as Time Magazine’s Top Young Innovator for the innovation sessions she conducts globally that have inspired 30,000 students across three continents in two years. In her sessions, Gitanjali shares her process of innovation that she says can be used by students all over the world. She’s a four-time TED speaker, and presents often for global and corporate forums on innovation and the importance of STEM. She was recently selected as a partner for the Forbes Ignite Network where she’s piloting a concept called Empathy Sharktank that helps in employee-employer engagement and staff development for startups and schools.
Sessions:Wednesday Mainstage: Adapt