Trisha is an 18-year-old innovator, social entrepreneur, global advocate and inventor of the patented ReThink™ Technology - an effective way to detect and stop online hate. She is currently pursuing her undergraduate education at Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In the fall of 2013, Trisha, then 13 years old, read a news story about the suicide of a 12 year old girl from Florida who had been repeatedly cyberbullied 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 immediately knew something had to change. Deeply moved by the silent pandemic of cyberbullying and passionate to end online hate, Trisha created the patented technology product ReThink™ that detects and stops online hate 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 a 2014 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. She was also named the youngest 2017 Gifted Citizen Global Finalist for her advocacy.
Trisha was invited by President Obama to the White House Science Fair and the Global Entrepreneurship Summit at Stanford University to showcase her work with ReThink. She was selected as 2015 Global Teen Leader by the We Are Family Foundation and was conferred the 2016 WebMD Health Hero of the Year Prodigy Award, the Anti-Bullying Champion Award by the International Princess Diana Awards, UK, the Global Anti-Bullying Hero Award from Auburn University, and the Upstander Legacy Celebration Award from the Tyler Clementi Foundation. She is also a proud recipient of several other awards, including the Daily Points of Light Honor, 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 in 30+ cities across 5 continents in 3 different languages to raise awareness about the scourge of cyberbullying and engage adolescents to spread positivity and tolerance around the world. She has also used these platforms to advocate for the power of STEM education, especially for young women.
In addition to her work with ReThink, Trisha was elected the first female YMCA Youth and Government Youth Governor of Illinois in 28 years. Trisha served as the student ambassador and teacher for a Girls Who Code Chapter in her hometown of Naperville, 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 New York City.
Trisha is now working tirelessly to create and rollout the ReThink technology and ReThink programs to schools and communities around the world.