Google searches for teenage geniuses

Posted: January 21, 2011 in America, Articles

Future Newton’s and Einstein’s of the world, Google is calling to you. The internet giant is known across the world for its progressive recruitment policies and its ‘bean bag chair’ culture that it has brought to the technology world of computers. With its insistence that every engineer working for them spends 20 per cent of their year following something that interests them Google is one of the most desired companies IT graduates wish to work for.

Now it turns out that Google is after teenage students rather than graduates. The global giant has announced the launch of its online global science fair which allows any student in procession of an internet connection and a Google account to take part in their online competition with the chance to win an ultimate $50,000 prize.

This competition is described by Google as the “global online science competition” and is open to anyone between the ages of 13 and 18 no matter where they live in the world.

The competition encourages the students to submit an idea for a scientific experiment with the winners thn being flown to California where they will pitch their idea to a roundtable of the world’s leading scientific individuals. The deadline for the first part of this competition is 4 April.

An example of the kind of submission Google is after was posted by the company showing the submission for a high school senior from Oregon. The submission shows that the student claims to have developed an algorithm that could potentially enable a robot to negotiate through a hospital while carrying linen sheets.

The submission states; “According to Veterans Affairs staff, up to 50% of a nurse’s day is spent transporting patient care items.” It continues to say; “To aid nurses, fully autonomous robotic transporters driven by Artificial Intelligence (AI) could access the entire hospital and make simple deliveries for nurses, giving them more time to deliver patient care.”

The competition is also being supported by other leading scientific companies including National Geographic, Scientific American magazine and the CERN institute, the pan-European physics laboratory currently in pursuit of the Higgs boson particle.

The panellists appearing on the judging panel for the finalists include scientific minds including Vint Cerf, one of the founders of the World Wide Web, and National Geographic’s explorer-in-residence, the geneticist Spencer Wells.

Asked whether Google would retain the intellectual property rights to any world changing idea an entrant might come up with she replied: “The kid owns the idea but we do have literature in our rules that allows us to publish the idea and publicise the project.”

So if you are interested in winning $50,000 and are between the ages of 13 and 18 then get thinking of the next world changing idea.



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