TEDxMilpitasHighSchool hosted a fourth conference on February 29th. This year's theme was "Looking Into 2020" and 6 amazing speakers were invited to share their inspirational ideas and innovative solutions for creating a better future in our community.
Meet Our 2020 Conference Speakers!
Sashrika Pandey is a programmer and writer interested in the interdisciplinary applications of artificial intelligence. As a former Research Assistant at the University of Iowa, she developed autonomous navigation models using reinforcement learning in Professor Denise Szecsei's lab and presented their findings through a research paper and academic poster. As Editor in Chief of the Allgirlithm blog, a non-profit that provides online resources for aspiring female computer scientists, she tailors articles for a website that receives over 250 views weekly. In addition to programming for her robotics team, she plays the trombone and contributes to her school's literary arts magazine.
Taarini Kaur Dang is a 15-year old Venture Capitalist, Speaker, Forbes Author and Women Empowerment Champion. She is the youngest Venture Capitalist in the world. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of a Venture Capital firm called Brave14 Capital for which she has raised funding from top Venture Capitalists and Institutional Investors in the US. She is also a Venture Fellow at SoGal Ventures which is the world’s first female millennial-led cross-border VC firm investing in diverse startups. Taarini is the co-Founder of a female empowerment Instagram account called @ClassyWomenn which has ramped to 600k followers in 2 years across 10 Asian countries. At the age of 13, she wrote a book (The Young Aspiring Entrepreneur) which has a foreword from Intel Capital President Wendell Brooks and quotes from Stanford Professor Chuck Eesley, Intel’s Chief Diversity Officer Barbara Whye, Oracle ex-President Ray Lane and author Linda Swindling. She has been an invited speaker at top conferences, like Google Launchpad Female Founders Summit, Collision conference, TiECon, Women’s March, ATEA, AI ShowBiz Summit, etc. She has been the only speaker under the age of 18 at these conferences. She has been featured in media by BBC, Nasdaq, Mercury News, etc. In 2019, she was ranked among the Top 100 Women in Finance in India. She is also the youngest person to win the Young American-Indian Award which she received from the Indian Ambassador to the US for her work in Entrepreneurship in 2018.
Mallory Rothstein is a speaker and coach who founded Learn What Matters and the Learn What Matters Foundation which aim to help high schoolers invest in their personal development. In addition, she’s an Administrative Business Partner within People Development at Google. Mallory has previously spoken at Alphabet’s Mental Health Conference, Miracle Corners of the World’s Young Leaders Program, Girl Powered & VEX’s Robotics Tournament, and at various high schools across the United States. While she was born and raised in New Jersey (graduating from Freehold High School), Mallory now calls the Bay Area her home where she enjoys cheering on the Golden State Warriors and being a member of Hillsong SF.
Chloe Wang is a current senior at Milpitas High who's building her world around her passions, whether in business, technology, robotics, leadership, or another area. She currently serves as president of Milpitas Xtreme Robotics (her pride and joy), president of Milpitas Youth International Business Initiative, vice president of PAWS, treasurer of LaunchX, and councilmember for the Digital Business Academy. She has interned at Oath Inc. (Verizon Media) and View Inc., been a mentee of the tech startup Find My Everything and More Active Girls in Computing, and notes various other incredible opportunities to learn and grow here in the Silicon Valley. Each new experience feeds her passions and inspires her to further explore the things that really matter in her life.
In his lifetime, Vivek Chotai has advocated for mental health support, protested against toxic masculinity, given alpacas stylish haircuts, and racked up a collection of 7,000+ memes. As the president of Comedy Club, he holds the most prestigious position at Milpitas High School. Outside of a perfect academic record, Vivek is a captain of MHS wrestling and assistant coach of Rancho wrestling, a former representative of 10,207 students on the MUSD Board of Education, writer and illustrator for various newspapers, and neurological researcher at Stanford University. Most importantly, Vivek strives to be a good person, accepting and willing to listen.
Sanjeev Tanna is a social impact entrepreneur & CEO of Next Generation Nations (NGN.org), youth-led platform for youth to take actions on domestic and global issues. He deeply researched youth’s concerns by working closely with them that led him to develop Global Issues Curriculum and 21- Global Challenges. He recruits and trains high performance fearless next generation leaders who are big dreamers, want to bring social change and pursuing career path “with-purpose”. Prior to the NGN, he founded, managed and successfully exited medical devices design and manufacturing firm – Intanna Corporation. He received M.S. in Plastics Engineering from University of Massachusetts, Lowell.