Intel® Global Challenge
Winners of the 2014 Intel Global Challenge
This year, more than 20,000 teams from 60 countries on six continents entered regional competitions in hopes of making it to the 2014 Intel Global Challenge. The top 28, deemed most promising, came to Silicon Valley in early November to present their breakthrough ideas and novel technologies to judges, including seasoned entrepreneurs and venture capitalists, and vie for $100,000 in prizes.
And the winners are…
Grand Prize Winner: Lab4U
As young scientists in training, the founders of Lab4U experienced firsthand the impact on learning when their classrooms lacked enough equipment for all students to gain hands-on experience. As a result, this Chilean startup develops technologies to turn cell phones into pocket-sized labs. Their design uses built-in mobile sensors to enable students to conduct experiments and a crowd-learning Web platform to prepare, analyze and share lab results. The goal: to improve science education and democratize science by delivering low-cost educational solutions.
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First Place, Internet of Things and Hardware: Neuron Guard
In the event of brain injury, it takes just eight minutes for the brain to be irreversibly damaged. Early on-site treatment is the key to prevention. These facts inspired the founders of Neuron Guard, an Italian startup, to develop a portable refrigerating collar which relies on thermo-electric cooling elements to reduce the temperature of blood flowing through the carotid and vertebral arteries to reduce brain trauma before treatment.
First Place, Computing for Social Innovation: Karisma Kidz
The ability to identify and regulate emotions is recognized as one of the fundamental stages of child development, affecting behavior and academic performance. To help children learn these important skills, Karisma Kidz – a startup from the U.K. – creates engaging online games and offline products to enhance children’s emotional intelligence.
First Place, Internet, Mobile and Software Computing: Servtech
In today’s manufacturing environment, component precision and machine throughput is the key to success. Additionally, utilizing data to understand conditions and address faults or anomalies is essential. Servtech, a Taiwanese startup, has created technology to enable ICT services to improve uptime, production quality, and ultimately, facility-wide overall equipment effectiveness.