The Winners of the 2017 Young Innovators to Watch Competition

Through the generosity of the Kay Family Foundation and others, The Young Innovators program offers scholarship awards high school and college students developing new technological products and experiences. This year we’ve chosen three winners to receive the award: Sara Du, Shalin Shah and Utkarsh Tandon.

Our Winners: Sara’s BlueJay project is a programmable drone that can be operated via an iOS app even in times times of crisis and Internet service becomes unavailable. Shalin Shah’s Lumos offers a cost effective, portable solution to diagnosing glaucoma. Utkarsh Tandon project uses artificial intelligence and a wearable ring to understand the stages of Parkinson’s disease.

Special shout out :

Finding Clover, a project by Emily Post that uses and augmented reality game to teach about the toxins in the environment and Priya Mittal’s GroGeen, a database connected restaurants to food that typically goes to waste. While they did not win, the judges very much admired their projects.

All of the students that entered clearly have both technical acumen and helping the planet top of mind. We hope scholarships and recognitions like this one raise a generation of problem solvers.

Scholarship winners will receive up to $2,000 (plus hi-tech gear), a free trip to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, international recognition, and the opportunity to meet technology industry professionals, journalists and influencers at a highly publicized awards ceremony.