About Kavya

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Kavya passionately engages in research at the intersection of medicine and computer science, working on projects that have been recognized by IEEE Spectrum, Tech Crunch, and NVIDIA.

In this line, she was recognized as a 2017 WebMD Health Hero, as finalist in the 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search "Junior Nobel Prizes."



Kavya is the Founder/CEO of GirlsComputingLeague, a nonprofit group she established to help close the gender gap in computer science.

In 2016, Kavya was the first student board member of the Children's Science Center of Northern Virginia.

Kavya currently serves as a student advisor to the board of the National Center for Women in Information Technology, or NCWIT.


Public Speaking

Kavya is an avid public speaker, having given a TEDx Talk, spoken at the Smithsonian, NASA Kennedy Space Center, World Bank Group, and several Artificial Intelligence Conferences.

Kavya is currently collaborating with the University of Montreal as a future signatory of the Montreal Declaration for the Ethical Use of Artificial Intelligence.



Kavya is a current freshman at Harvard University studying computer science and biology. She is a recent graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in Alexandria, Virginia.

She has been recognized for her academic achievement as a 2018 US Presidential Scholar.

Notable Projects



Uses machine learning techniques and a 3D-printed lens attachment for the automatic screening of diabetic retinopathy using a smartphone. Research collaborators include the NIH and Massachusetts General Hospital. Proof-of-concept testing in Aditya Jyot Hospital in India. 

Awards and Honors:

  • 2017 International Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge 1st Place Winner

  • 2017 International Science and Engineering Fair 3rd Place Category Winner

  • Mentioned in Dr. Eric Topol’s 2019 book titled: Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again


A precision medicine platform which uses deep learning to determine the molecular and genetic signature of a brain tumor with 100% accuracy in a fraction of the time/cost of traditional methods. Clinical testing in Georgetown Medical Center.

Awards and Honors: 

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A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2015 working to bring modern computer science education to students in the socioeconomic & racial minority to improve the balance of diversity.

GirlsComputingLeague has partnered with the White House CSforALL Initiative, Amazon, Google, Apple, and more. Since its inception, GCL has raised over $100,000 for computer science programs and impacted over 4,000 students in the DC Metro Area. GirlsComputingLeague has also experienced 200% year-to-year volunteer growth.

Twitter: @GirlsComputing

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GirlsComputing/

Email: info@girlscomputingleague.org


  • IEEE Spectrum: Teenage Whiz Kid Invents an AI System to Diagnose her Grandfather’s Eye Disease

  • NVIDIA: Braniac vs Brain Cancer: Teen Tackles Deadly Disease

  • ABC 7: INSPIRE: A better world, one algorithm at a time

  • WebMD: 2017 Health Hero, Inventor Kavya Kopparapu

  • Teen Vogue: Meet 7 Regeneron Science Talent Search Finalists

  • NBC: Local Teen Awarded Health Hero Award

  • Davidson Institute for Talent Development: Kavya Kopparapu, $50,000 Scholarship Winner

  • Tech Crunch: High schooler makes 3D-printed, machine learning-powered eye diagnosis system

  • ABC WGNO: Teen Choice Awards 2019: The Winner’s List

  • CNN: 2018 Regeneron Science Talent Search “Junior Nobel Prize” Finalists

  • The Verge: A teenage girl has created a 3D-printed lens and app that can detect eye disease

  • Smithsonian Magazine: The Future Is Bright If More Teens Could Think About High School the Way Kavya Kopparapu Does

  • Refinery 29: Gen-Z Female Entrepreneurs

  • Alba Botanica: Do Good Do Beautiful Campaign

Speech Videos

2018 TEDx Vienna Talk on Precision Medicine

2017 WebMD Health Hero Awards Acceptance Speech

2017 March for Science DC Speech

2017 Smithsonian Institute Long Conversation with Yo-yo Ma

2018 Biden Cancer Summit Keynote

2017 TEDx Herndon Talk

2017 Amazon Web Services Public Sector Summit Guest Keynote

2017 O’Reilly Artificial Intelligence Conference Presentation

2018 USPS STEM Stamp Unveiling at the US Science and Engineering Festival

2018 World Bank Group IFC Sustainability Exchange

2018 The AI Conference Keynote with Peter Norvig

Cool Things I've Done