About Chia

I'm Chia, a CS and Art sophomore at Yale from Manila.

As a technologist, radical spaces that empower creation drive me. I seek to explore the experiential potential of the web and question systems at scale to work towards computational justice. I build solutions, which means I scout + ideate + design + code.
At the moment, my dream career path is to land in a space where I can build solutions that directly empower creators.

I founded Developh in high school to better the tech ecosystem in Southeast Asia. Now, we run an accelerator for mission-driven initiatives and tech programming for over 70,000 students, with over a dozen projects. I serve as President at UX Society to co-design tech at Yale and build for a progressive Philippines at Iboto.ph. I also do creative code, scout for the Southeast Asian tech ecosystem, and build narrative indie games.

I've designed for collective action at the Yale Women's Center, Manila Pride March, indie games, literary publications, newsrooms under fire by the national government, and more.

As an occasional speaker, I was the 2018 AnitaB.org Student of Vision at the GHC keynote, and have spoken in workshops of 20 to halls of 20,000. Last year, I spoke in three continents. 🌏

You'll see me attending shows, updating Wikipedia, worldbuilding & sketching maps (ask me about my fantasy world with a timeline stretching 20 millennia), collecting vinyl, reading on game design, playing incrementals, and watching coming-of-age movies.


If I wasn't a technologist, I would be a music journalist, I think. Here are some of my bad drawings of records I'm into lately (drawn on guessthatalbum.com)

Starving While Living by Car Seat Headrest Are We There by Sharon Van Etten MGMT by MGMT A doomer album Race by Sandy Alex G Love in the Time of Email by Antarctigo Vespucci