A computer interface in the form of a wearable, high-tech glove that allows users to operate the computer by simply moving a hand through the air. A computer algorithm which may enable cardiologists to more efficiently diagnose coronary artery disease and save lives. A desalination process, involving nanotechnology, which may boost the supply of drinking water in drought-stricken regions.
These are just a few of the innovative technologies being presented by finalists at the Los Angeles Convention Center this week, as nearly 1,800 high school students from around the globe participate in the world’s largest pre-college science fair, the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), a program for Society of Science and the Public.
These budding scientists and engineers represent the best of more than 7 million students worldwide who participated in local, regional and national competitions this year.
Having won top honors at those fairs and qualified as finalists for Intel ISEF, they are in L.A. this week to present original research projects to panels of esteemed judges and to compete for more than $5 million in awards and scholarships.
“We see breakthrough technologies come out of Intel ISEF each year,” says Shelly Esque, VP of Intel Corporate Affairs and Chairman of the Intel Foundation. “So many of these young people were sparked with an idea about something they saw in their community – their relative, their neighbor, the water situation that they’re facing in their village. They’re trying to solve real world problems with innovation.”
So why does Intel care?
Because Intel recognizes that science, technology, engineering, and math are the foundation for building a thriving economy, both locally and globally, and as a corporate citizen, Intel is committed to driving improvements in STEM education around the globe.
No place is this more evident than Intel ISEF, where young innovators from 70 countries, regions and territories come to share their work, form bonds with like-minded peers, learn from experts in their fields of interest, and go on pursue further education and careers in STEM fields.
“We are excited that we can create platforms for young innovators to thrive and network and grow their ideas, and share them with the world,” says Esque, “and that’s something only Intel can do. These young people are taking on challenging problems and coming up with innovative solutions that are going to make all of our lives better.”
Get updates, photos and live Webcast of the Intel ISEF Awards Ceremony here to see who wins the top prizes this year.