Trisha Prabhu is a 21-year-old innovator, social entrepreneur, global advocate and inventor of ReThink™, a patented technology and an effective way to detect and stop online hate. In the fall of 2013, Trisha, then just 13 years old, read the shocking news story of Rebecca Sedwick’s suicide. After being cyberbullied for over a year and a half, Rebecca, a 12-year-old girl from Florida, took her own life. As a victim of harassment herself, Trisha was shocked, heartbroken, and outraged – she couldn’t be a bystander, and decided to be an Upstander. In response, Trisha created the patented technology product ReThink™, which detects and stops online hate at the source, before bullying occurs and the damage is done. Her globally acclaimed research has found that with ReThink, adolescents change their mind 93% of the time and decide not to post an offensive message.
As a social entrepreneur, Trisha has received worldwide acclaim in the business world. In 2016, President Obama and the U.S. State Department invited Trisha to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, to showcase her work and share her story with other entrepreneurs. Not long after, ReThink was featured on ABC’s hit T.V. show, Shark Tank. In 2019, ReThink was the Grand Prize Winner of Harvard University’s President’s Innovation Challenge. In 2020, Trisha was named one of the inaugural winners of the prestigious Elevate Prize, as well as an Adrian Cheng Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Social Innovation and Change Initiative. In 2021, she was the youngest honoree named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Social Impact list.
Trisha has also been honored with awards and recognition for her ingenuity in inventing, building, and launching ReThink. For her research and scientific inquiry, Trisha was named a 2014 Google Science Fair Global Finalist. She was also awarded the 2016 MIT INSPIRE Aristotle Award, as well as the 2016 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Illinois High School Innovator Award. She also had the esteemed distinction of showcasing and sharing the ReThink technology at the 2016 White House Science Fair at the invitation of President Obama.
For her advocacy, public service, and her commitment to leading an anti-cyberbullying movement, Trisha was selected as a 2015 Global Teen Leader by the We Are Family Foundation, conferred the 2016 WebMD Health Hero of the Year Prodigy Award, and received the Anti-Bullying Champion Award by the International Princess Diana Awards, 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 volunteering and service.
Trisha has also helped spark a rallying cry against online hate. To date, she has shared the ReThink message in over 60+ keynotes in 30+ cities in 3 languages, speaking on platforms that include TED, TEDx, WIRED, The Aspen Ideas Festival, La Ciudad de Las Ideas, SAP, Girls Who Code, the Family Online Safety Institute, Universities, Schools, Conferences and more.
Outside of ReThink, Trisha is involved in a number of initiatives that are close to her heart. In 2017, she was elected Illinois’s Youth Governor – the state’s first female Youth Governor in 28 years. She’s also an ardent supporter of empowering women in the entrepreneurial community. Whether volunteering her time to teach young women how to code at Girls Who Code, or leading SoGal Boston, a chapter of the SoGal movement, which is committed to ending the diversity gap in entrepreneurship, Trisha is working to inspire and support a generation of fierce, fearless leaders tackling the world’s most important issues.
Trisha is currently pursuing her undergraduate education at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA.