• exploring the intersection of technology and design

a bit about me

the basics

Hi there! I'm Karina, and I'm 20 years old. I grew up just outside of Toronto, and I’m currently studying computer science at the University of Waterloo.

the story

For all my life, I've been a curious kid, always looking for a new and exciting adventure. Traveling’s been a big part of my life, and it's had a huge impact on the way I think. It’s taught me to keep the big picture in mind - to always think big and to dream big.

Back in high school, I thought I had it all figured out. I told myself I’d graduate from business school, join a Fortune 500 company and work my way up. Then everything changed one summer. I landed a corporate gig, but ended up leaving the internship feeling unfulfilled, wanting to make a bigger impact on the world.

I wanted to do something meaningful, and I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to do things for the right reason, and I wanted to find the best version of myself along the way.

the vision

The future is bright and filled with exciting times ahead. I dream of being at the forefront of innovation and technology, where ideas become reality. And I believe that, with the right concoction of passion, conviction and fortitude, anything is possible.

stuff i've done

Web, iOS & Android

A location-based content sharing platform. Winner of Yahoo's Best UX Award.

Hack the North

Canada's largest collegiate hackathon with over 1000 attendees from around the world.

Chrome Extension & iOS

A biometric authentication service for web accounts. Winner of MHacks VI.

Hardware Hack

A gesture-controlled augmented reality suit. Featured in The Toronto Star.


A non-profit initiative helping high school students with the transition into post-secondary.

Residence Alumni

A startup dormcubator and mentorship program for budding entrepreneurs.

"The human mind, once stretched by an idea, will never regain its original dimensions."

get in touch

Any questions, comments or concerns? Shoot me a message at hello@karinamio.com - I'd love to hear from you. Or feel free to just say hi. I'd like that too.


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