Hello. I'm Chia, currently a Computing & the Arts junior student at Yale from Manila, Philippines. Presently, I consider myself as a creative technologist building radical systems for creators and communities. I founded Developh to disrupt tech in Southeast Asia, nurturing over 150,000+ technologists and creatives since 2016. This year, we're working on Startu.ph, a new program for Filipino student founders redefining innovation & learning to build to solve problems they're deeply invested in. For work, I do design at Kumu to create authentic spaces for Filipino connection.
I am also working as President of User Experience Society Yale, build for a progressive Philippines post-weaponization of the internet at Iboto.ph, and craft creative tools & research with the Center for Collaborative Arts & Media. Adobe and AnitaB.org have recognized me for my work in design, technology, and community building.
I've designed (or am designing) for collective action at the Yale Women's Center serving Yale & New Haven, Manila Pride March in high school, radio stations, rambly girlhood things, make indie games that live in your browser, to engineering for newsrooms under fire. On writing, I publish teenage-esque rambles about life and insights on process, design, and politics on chias.blog and Technology.ph on Southeast Asian tech. On education, I teach with Developh regularly holding workshops and talks and have also spoken to arenas of 20,000. (I was the 2018 AnitaB.org Student of Vision, speaking on the GHC keynote stage.) Back when things were physical, I spoke across three continents! It is my dream to be prolific. Also, here's a speaker bio if you need it.
Currently engrossed in building tools & spaces for creators, worldbuilding, investigating systems, researching internet histories, writing 25,000+ words a week for 2021, unlocking the full potential of the browser, exploring speculative design and design fiction. My current reading list can be found on my blog.
Find me at the merch table, writing excessive Genshin Impact essays, updating Wikipedia, learning how to make tabletops, maintaining my rank within the Top 10 Car Seat Headrest listeners of the world (it's hard, see Last.fm), playing incrementals, or watching four hour movies. My current recs: Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan and Amadeus.
Working on over two dozen projects at Developh with student founders to wearing different hats in early-stage startups has made me love building both independently, and with people. Pushing code, pixels, product, and bringing people together fascinate me. I've scaled three week projects to reach millions of people, and have done this over and over.
Since middle school, I've been in love with worldbuilding & cartography—artifacting a fictional universe (its systemes, inhabitants, stories, and worlds) I work on til today. Beyond that constant, I write, build community for thousands of students at Developh and in the Yale Women's Center—questioning how in the age of mass creation we must move to inclusivity and the less dystopian.
Right now: I'm especially interested in the browser as a form. We could do so much more with it.
Laying out infrastructure, democratizing information, scalable documentation & communication, and architecting design & code with intent are some of my principles. Progress is not made by mindless feedback loops for instant growth; we must act with scale and time in mind. Creation to me is moving beyond standards and patterns, actively seeking breakthroughs.