rapidly and took action to seek a good outcome and achieve her goals,” Shimauchi
said. “Her motivation to support people who are attempting to realize their potential
through IT is so close to the Microsoft heart.”
While studying and working as a mentor, Riri continues work on the app concept she
created while in the program. It’s called Wa, which means harmony in Japanese, and
will enable people with similar interests to connect with each other. It’s still
in the idea phase, but she hopes to soon find the time to complete it.
Developing the idea was a gift she received from the program. But more important
is how it opened up the ideas for her future. She imagines a career in project planning
and her chances have greatly improved through her participation in the Digital Youth
program. With her new skills, she says she can go forward with her plans to have
a family and work from anywhere in the world.
“The biggest lesson for me was that it’s really important that technology is not
limited to a segment of people,” said Riri, “but accessible equally to everyone
no matter where they are born, what school they attend.”