14-year-old Advay Ramesh is Asia winner
Google India has announced the winner of the Google Community Impact Award, with Advay Ramesh from Chennai bagging the first prize from Asia. The 14-year-old boy won the theme based award part, which is a part of Google Science Fair 2016.
Google Community Impact Award received projects from over 107 countries. The award recognises projects that make a difference in community by addressing an environmental, health or resources challenge.
Advay’s project titled ‘FishErmen Lifeline Terminal (FELT)’ won him $10,000 in funding and a year-long mentorship from Scientific American. The project looks at how to enhance fishermen safety and productivity using GPS (Global Positioning Services).
“Winning the Google Community Impact Award means a lot to me, it would help me learn more and develop my idea further,” Advay said.
Advay Ramesh is a student of National Public School, Chennai and studies in 10th standard. He has also been shortlisted as one of the top 20 finalists to compete for a Grand Prize worth $50,000 in scholarship.
“Young minds are inventive, thoughtful, and determined to try things that other people think are “impossible.” It’s imperative for us to support and encourage these young people to explore and challenge the world around them through scientific discovery. Through the Google Science Fair, we want to encourage and support the next generation of scientists and engineers” said a Google spokesperson.
Google selected top 100 ideas out of thousands of projects submitted. This includes 14 projects from Indian students. The top 16 global finalists will join Google in Mountain View on September 27 for their sixth annual Awards Celebration.