Hi, I'm Jessica

Political Science & Computer Science @ UC Berkeley | Bay Area native

About Me

Known colloquially as JChiu, I'm a soon-to-be-graduating senior at the University of California, Berkeley studying political science. Growing up in the Bay Area has imparted me with a passionate interest in technology and inspired me to additionally pursue a minor in computer science. I'm currently helping to plan The Big Hack 2016: A Social Good Hackathon that will be occurring this April 2016 at the Microsoft Reactor SF. Co-hosted by Cal's Blueprint, Stanford's CS+Social Good, Cal Hacks, and TreeHacks, we're bringing together 100 of the top hackers, engineers, and designers to join us to create innovative solutions for social problems being tackled by some of the most impactful non-profit organizations in the Bay Area.

Besides being a full-time student, I am also an avid bookworm, crime TV show enthusiast, eager world traveler, and lover of music. Scroll down to learn more about me :)

Cal Hacks Director

I was part of the organizing team for Cal Hacks 2.0, currently the largest collegiate hackathon ever. Consequently, I was able to obtain my very own personalized DDoSki bear! Read more about this amazing experience here.

Information Security Compliance Analyst

I'm currently a member of UC Berkeley's Residential Computing Information Security team.

Charter Class Member

I served in numerous positions such as Internal Vice President, Leadership Development Chair, and Webmaster for UC Berkeley's premier professional pre-law fraternity.

Violin Player

I began playing the violin at the age of four and have been a part of ensembles such as the California Youth Symphony and the UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra.


As a direct result of my classical music training, music has become an inseparable part of my life. My favorite artists span a diverse range, from composers such as Camille Saint-Saëns, Tchaikovsky, and Hans Zimmer to producers like Kaskade, Alison Wonderland, and Tchami.


I've been able to cross off Canada, New Zealand, Argentina, Uruguay, Taiwan, and Japan off my bucket list, but I hope to one day be lucky enough to explore and travel even more.

Animal Lover

I've also got a huge soft spot for animals.