IVANO-FRANKIVSK STUDENT AWARDED 'YOUNG INNOVATOR 2015' IN BERLIN

19/11/2015

Oleksandr Shymanko, 18, Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University student, won audience choice award and a title 'Yong Innovator 2015' at Internation science laboratory Falling Walls Lab Berlin held in Berlin, Germany.

This young guy presented 'a smart pillow' Pi Pillow, a gadget to improve sleep and monitor vital signs during a sleep. The pillow is controlled by Android та iOS and used as a multipurpose device – sleep monitoring and a device allowing sleeping faster and deeper. Oleksandr developed the pillow with a team of 10 associates.

The energy of Ukrainian student won the hearts of the audience and conference jury headed by the Chairman of the Nobel Foundation Karl Heinrich Heldin.

'The competition was very keen in Berlin as 100 best young innovators from all over the world were competing. A 3-minute speech was a real challenge for me (the laboratory format includes a 3-minute speech and 3-slide presentation). However, the final was successful for me. I am very happy that our project is highly recognized in Berlin. Now my team and I will work on improving the device and its operation system. The Pi Pillow production is likely launched in 2016', Oleksandr says.

The second Ukrainian delegate at Falling Walls Lab Berlin was Oksana Borysenko, who presented 'Enable Talk', a glove that can interpret finger language in texts and speech. The device was very well received by European scientists.

'We know about outstanding inventions of our compatriots: X-ray machine, electric tram, personal computer concept, helicopter, space rocket and many other things. New inventions of Ukrainians will also take a place in history, they help to change life for better and get users' sympathy', Alina Nosenko, Klitschko Foundation director, summarizes.

Oleksandr Shymanko and Oksana Borysenko are prizewinners of Falling Walls Lab Kyiv first held in autumn 2015 in Kyiv on Klitschko Foundation initiative. Kyiv Lab showed that Ukraine has a plenty of talented young scientists and innovators who can call European attention with their devices.


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