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My advice to girls: "Mark Twain says, 'The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.' Find the purpose of your life. Don’t be influenced by the outside, influence the outside with your inner-confidence. Listen to yourself, trust yourself and be yourself."

Barrier Breaker Award: Someone who has successfully broken through or risen above obstacles for the positive good of individuals, groups, or society.

Co-Founder and CEO of Ed-Tech startup Twin Science & Robotics, Asude Altintas is aspiring to deliver holistic and humanitarian-centered STEM education to children around the world. After attending Stanford’s Social Entrepreneurship Program, Asude started her career at one of Turkey’s leading NGOs, YGA, initiating several high-impact social initiative projects. She was invited to speak at the United Nations to present YGA’s technology-based solutions as best practice examples from around the world. During her 5-year tenure as president, Asude guided YGA through several successful projects earning the NGO several awards including MIT Innovators Under 35, Forbes (2x), and GSMA (2x). Asude led and hosted a successful TV program for children on CNNTurk to increase interest in STEM fields. She co-founded Twin and is now a growing figure in the Ed-Tech sector and advocate for STEM education, especially for girls in underserved communities.