Join Friday Institute Executive Director Dr. Hiller Spires for a conversation with TIME’s 2020 Top Young Innovator—Gitanjali Rao.
Rao was recognized as America’s Top Young Scientist and received an EPA presidential award for inventing her device “Tethys”, an early lead detection tool. She is also the inventor of “Epione”, a device for early diagnosis of prescription opioid addiction using genetic engineering, and “Kindly”, an anti-cyberbullying service using AI and natural language processing. Rao was honored as Forbes’ “30 Under 30 in Science” in 2019 and TIME’s “Top Young Innovator” and “Kid of the Year” in 2020 for her innovations and STEM workshops she conducts globally, which has inspired over 38,000 students in the last two years across four continents. In her sessions, Rao shares her own process of innovation that can be used by students all over the world. She is an experienced TED speaker and often presents in global and corporate forums on innovation and the importance of STEM.