Pat Austria is a graduate of William and Mary where she double majored in international relations and business with a concentration in entrepreneurship. At 18, Pat accepted an offer at the World Bank’s Innovation Practice as one of the first and youngest members of the Mapping for Results team—a groundbreaking initiative aimed at improving the discussion and distribution of foreign aid. In her sophomore year at college, she started The Lunas Project–a disaster management platform that leveraged crowdsourcing technology and geospatial tools to improve rescue and relief efforts in the Philippines. Pat also helped start the Data for Development category of the Big Ideas competition where she mentored a number of students to help them develop innovative projects with social impact. After college, she went on to become an Analyst at the World Bank Governance Practice and the Director of Communications at Global Playground. At Yale, Pat hopes to study how we can leverage technology to improve international development and empower citizens.