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Pooja Chandrashekar

2016 Speaker

POOJA CHANDRASHEKAR is currently a sophomore at Harvard University concentrating in biomedical engineering with a secondary in global health and health policy. An advocate and speaker for encouraging girls in STEM and computer science, she is the founder of ProjectCSGIRLS, a national youth-driven nonprofit working to close the tech gender gap by running a national computer science competition for middle school girls and hosting workshops around the country. She has spoken about the underrepresentation of women in technology and her outreach work at conferences and summits around the country, and her work with ProjectCSGIRLS has been recognized by organizations including the National Center for Women in Information Technology and the Clinton Foundation. She was named one of Her Campus’s 22 Under 22 Most Inspiring College Women in 2016 and her work and writing have appeared in the Huffington Post, Women 2.0, the Washington Post, and AOL/Cambio. She serves on the board for She Rocks the World, and is organizing the inaugural Massachusetts Girls’ Summit in 2017. Chandrashekar was a director of the Harvard Women Engineers Code Conference and is working on a MassChallenge and Harvard Business School-recognized project to develop a virtual reality therapy for autistic adolescents. She currently works in the Boston Children’s Hospital computational epidemiology group. @poojac2019 @projectcsgirls