Trisha is a 17-year-old innovator, social entrepreneur, global advocate and inventor of patented ReThink™ Technology - an effective way to detect and stop cyberbullying. She is currently attending Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Illinois.
In the fall of 2013, Trisha, then 13 years old, read a news story about the suicide of an 12 year old girl from Florida who had been repeatedly cyber-bullied by her classmates. She was shocked, heartbroken, and outraged. She wondered - how could a girl younger than herself be pushed to take her own life? She knew, something had to change. Deeply moved by the silent pandemic of cyberbullying and passionate to stop it in adolescents, Trisha created the patented technology product ReThink™ that detects and stops cyberbullying at the source, before the bullying occurs, before the damage is done! Her research has found that with "ReThink", adolescents change their mind 93% of the time and decide not to post an offensive message.
She has been honored as Google Science Fair - Global Finalist for her work on ReThink. She was also awarded the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) INSPIRE 2016 - Aristotle Award and 2016 Illinois High School Innovator Award by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for ReThink.
Trisha was invited as a featured exhibitor by President Obama to the White House Science Fair to showcase her work with ReThink. She was selected as Global Teen Leader 2015 by We Are Family Foundation and was conferred the WebMD Health Hero of the Year 2016-Prodigy award, Anti-Bullying Champion award by the International Princess Diana Awards, UK, Global Anti-Bullying Hero award from Auburn University and Upstander Legacy Celebration award from Tyler Clementi Foundation. She is also a proud recipient of several other awards including the Daily Points of Light awarded by the George H. W. Bush Foundation for extraordinary social volunteering and service.
She has spoken at various global platforms, universities, schools and communities to raise awareness about the scourge of cyberbullying, to stop online hate and engage adolescents to spread positivity and tolerance around the world. She has also used these platforms to advocate for Social Entrepreneurship and STEM education - especially for girls! Trisha serves as the student ambassador and teacher for Girls Who Code Naperville Chapter, where she teaches girls 8-14 to code. Commending her efforts to inspire girls to pursue STEM careers, Trisha was invited by Girls Who Code CEO Ms. Reshma Saujani to keynote at the Girls Who Code 5th Anniversary celebrations in NYC.