At PLUGHITZ Live, we have a lot of opportunities to work with the best and brightest students from around the world. While we might not have hosted FIRST Looks, CES managed to provide yet another opportunity to show off some of the amazing students who were showcasing their innovating solutions to some of the world's problems. These students were invited as winners of The Young Innovators Awards for 2020.
The first student we got to talk with was Alishba Imran, a 16-year-old student from Arizona. Her product is called Honestblocks, and solves an issue that many people are unaware of: counterfeit medication. At least 10 percent of the global medication supply is counterfeit, which can easily lead to massive problems. Archer brought the issue to the attention of many, but the solution isn't as obvious, at least to us. However, by using blockchain, Honestblocks is able to track and maintain an accurate and unalterable supply chain record to protect people's health. You can learn more about the Honestblocks project on the project website.
The second student we spoke with was Stanley Liu, another 16-year-old student. His project centers around improving the process and accuracy of blood tests. His solution is called the Immuno Essense Chip, and it is an integrated device for blood plasma separation and multiplexing immunoassay detection. By improving the process, he is able to improve the turnaround time and the cost of testing. Rather than traditional tests, which can take up to a week, these tests can be run in under 3 minutes and cost less than $2. To learn more about the project, you can check out the project website.
To find out more about The Young Innovators Awards and this year's other award winners, head over to the award program's website.
Interview by Scott Ertz of F5 Live: Refreshing Technology.
Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.