Sofia Ongele

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Sofia Ongele

Sofia Ongele
Digital Strategist
Gen-Z for Change

Sofia Ongele is a 21-year-old developer, student, creator, and activist born and raised in Southern California. At 17, she developed her first award-winning app—ReDawn—to support survivors of sexual violence, thereby sparking her passion of using technology to serve marginalized communities. She currently serves as Gen-Z for Change’s Digital Strategist where she creates tools to streamline digital civic engagement, tackling issues from the climate crisis to inclusive education. She is a fierce advocate of equity, inclusion, and ethics in technology: to date, she has taught over 140 underrepresented peers how to code at Kode With Klossy programs nationwide. She is also a TikTok creator @sewpheeyuh, where she shares her digital creations, life experiences, and well-informed sociopolitical takes with her audience of nearly 300,000 followers. Her work has earned her accolades such as Paradigm Challenge Grand Prize Winner, CES Young Innovator to Watch, and UNiDAYS Student Woman of the Year; speaking engagements from the steps of the Supreme Court to CES; and features in major publications, including MSNBC, CNN, Bloomberg, Teen Vogue, and more.

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