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Youth Innovation Showcase Announces Finalists

May | 2020
Competition received 62 entries and selected 14 finalists. Winners will be announced June 10 

The Youth Innovation Showcase has chosen finalists in each age category who are invited to pitch their ideas to a panel of industry leaders during a live, online competition on June 10, 2020. A prize of $5,000 cash will be awarded to the winning innovator in each age category. The public is invited to view the live online event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/106681595524

“I am so impressed by the ingenuity of the youth who entered our competition this year. These young people really made the most of their time in quarantine by putting their minds towards innovation,” said Madeleine Guenette, Executive Director of the Science Fair Foundation of BC.

The finalists in each age category are: 

Age 12-15 
Keanu Chan, 13:  Design, implementation and assessment of HEALIT (Hemostasis by Expanding Automatic Life-saving Innovative Technique), Parkland Middle School, Cranbrook
Jahan Gill, 14, and Patrick Cioata, 13: Our Biodegradable Mechanical Pencil, Surrey Academy of Innovation Learning, Surrey
Lyra Fletcher, 15: Automated Naloxone Injector, North Island Secondary School, Alert Bay
Ethan Chan, 15: Spinal Solution - Developing a modular fluid testing device to detect cerebrospinal fluid in the ER. Glenlyon Norfolk School, Victoria
Shreya Sivakumar, 15: Designing a 3D Printed Brace to Combat Hip Osteoarthritis, Mount Dounglas Secondary School, Victoria

Age 16-19 
Aislinn Dressler, 16: Cool by Nature, The Fernie Acedemy, Fernie
Robin Yadav, 16: Deep Learning based Fire Recognition for Wildfire Drone Automation, Queen Elizabeth Secondary, Surrey
Braxton Chan, 16: Human Fibrocartilage Transplantation for Osteochondral Defects, Mount Baker Secondary, Cranbrook
Mimi Nguyen, 16: Indoor Drip Irrigation for Vertical Farming, Kitsilano Secondary School, Vancouver
Kai Leong, 19: Early Disease Detection with Smartphone-Based Gait Analysis, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Age 20-24 
Norbert Banyi, 20: Mechanical Jaw Thrust: A simple solution to an essential procedure, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Ray Liu, 21: Sanicube, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Nico Werschler, 23: Improving Treatment Efficacy for Peyronie’s Disease with Localized Traction and Ultrasound Needle Guidance, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Emily Averill, 24: Emcologique, Kelowna

And the submission draw winner of the $500 prize is:
Wendy Fang, 17 

From innovative, new medical devices to a new, sustainable 3D printing process, and everything in between, youth aged 12-24 from all areas of BC and the Yukon were invited to pitch their innovative solutions and ideas. Innovators are asked to complete a registration form and submit a 30-second selfie video outlining; who they are, where they are from, their age and a brief summary highlighting their latest and greatest innovation. 

The competition is in its second year. Last year was the pilot which ran in conjunction with the #BCTECHSummit.

Check Out the Finalists' Pitch Videos >


Media availability: 

Youth Finalists and Executive Director of the Science Fair Foundation of BC, Madeleine Guenette, are available for interviews. 

To arrange, please contact Ada Slivinski ada@jampr.co 604.202.1167 

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