Congratulations to freshman Anna Nesbitt, a finalist in the #MyFutureMe contest! The coding contest, sponsored by Snapchat and Google, challenged girls ages 13 – 18 to build a Snapchat Geofilter expressing their vision of the future, and to describe how they planned to achieve that vision. Anna's vision of a future in which everyone has equal access to robotics, especially girls, and her desire to bring robotics to third world countries, earned a finalist spot.
As one of five finalists out of thousands of entrants, Anna will travel to New Orleans to attend the TEDWomen conference on November 1 – 3. While there, she will work with engineers from Google and Snap Inc., the parent company of Snapchat, to create Snapchat Lenses.Anna will compete for a Grand Prize trip to Los Angeles, where the winner will tour Google and Snap Inc.'s offices, meet with their leadership teams, and have the opportunity for her Lens submission to be shown on Snapchat. A panel that includes Malala Yousafzai, Evan Spiegel, the founder and CEO of Snap Inc., Ruth Porat, SVP and CFO of Google Inc. and Alphabet Inc., and U.S. Astronaut Yvonne Cagle, among others, will judge Anna's final entry.