I am Kynnedy Simone Smith, third year computer science major at Columbia University, and the founder/CEO of the charitable organization The Dream Scholars. A true STEMinist who loves discovery, I've completed research in predictive data analytics, digital mapping, machine learning, and gamification at institutions like MIT, NYU, and Davidson College. My academic goal is to get a PHD in computer science to further pursue research and find new ways technology can serve minority computes. Outside of science, I love music. With ten years of music study, I'm a contemporary gospel jazz violinist and studio musician who has played on national and international stages. My experiences in music inspired me to start my first non-profit, I Art Cleveland. I've been recognized by my leadership and academic work, becoming a Coca-Cola Scholar, National Horatio Alger Scholar, Ron Brown Scholar, KPMG Future Leader, Oprah Winfrey Leader, and more. By mixing my passion for arts, technology, and community, my mission is to bridge the inequities in developmental opportunities for youth based on race, class, and gender.
- Hometown: Shaker Heights, Ohio
- Currently Residing In: New York City
- Fun Fact: I am an undefeated hula-hoop champion!
(Email me for hula-hoop battle inquiries)