In October, the 4th Innovators Under 35 event took place. It is the world’s most prestigious award to young innovators and is hosted by the MIT Technology Review, the longest-running publication of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Two of the ten winners received special mentions for their projects: Gino Tubaro was named Innovator of the Year and Emanuel Vilte Social Innovator.
Prominent leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship and members of the global community of innovators under 35 discussed the main keys to building the education of the future, creating new innovation hubs to solve different urban problems, and the challenge of investing in innovative entrepreneurship. Those who took part in the event included MIT authorities such as Israel Ruiz, vice president and treasurer; Jonathan Feng Sun, a researcher at the MIT Senseable City Lab; and Gabriel Lanfranchi, founder of the MIT Metro Lab; as well as winners from previous years such as Tomás Escobar, CEO of Acámica; Sebastián Stranieri, CEO and founder of VU Security; and Rodrigo Teijeiro, CEO and founder of Fnbox.
Since 2011, the Innovators Under 35 award has drawn attention to the young Argentines and Uruguayans behind today’s most innovative projects, young people who are helping to improve the economy and wellbeing of their countries through their talent, involvement, and the impact of their projects. This year’s competition gave awards to eight Argentines and two Uruguayans whose profiles and projects varied greatly but who had one thing in common: they represent the fourth generation of young leaders from the two countries in question.
Of the ten winners, Emanuel Vilte was recognized as a Social Innovator for creating Linguoo, an app that enables you to hear online text read aloud by a narrator. Gino Tubaro received a special mention as Innovator of the Year for Atomic Lab (in Spanish), his own innovation platform, which includes a device that is able to recognize the letters in a printed text and translate them into braille in real time.
“These young people that we are celebrating today live, breathe, and spread innovation. At the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), we think it is fundamental to draw attention to them and form part of this ecosystem of creative people seeking solutions that will improve lives in Latin America and the Caribbean by doing something essential for our countries’ development,” said Hugo Flórez Timorán, the IDB’s representative for Argentina. Before the award ceremony, the finalists spent time at the INTAL-LAB, where they met with INTAL director Gustavo Beliz to exchange creative ideas on integration and regional trade.
The ten innovators under 35 for Argentina and Uruguay 2015 were:
- Emanuel Vilte (33). Argentina. –His community of narrators reads online content to the visually impaired via an app (Linguoo).
- Gino Tubaro (20). Argentina. –He has created a device that translates printed text into braille in real time (Project LIMBS (in Spanish)/Atomic Lab).
- Gustavo Bessone (32). Argentina. –He has created an intuitive platform for managing online advertising (Taggify).
- Ignacio Juárez (33). Argentina. –His urban wind turbine is adapted to Argentine winds and is more efficient and economical (Semtive).
- Jimena González (33). Argentina. –She has created a gel for bandages that mimics skin and improves the healing of wounds and burns (Institute of Research in Materials Science and Technology).
- Matías Kalwill (34). Argentina. –His collaborative navigation app for cyclists seeks to achieve more sustainable urban traffic (Bikestorming).
- Nicolás Pereyra (32). Uruguay. –His educational smart books promote the use of IT tools in primary education (EDU Editorial [in Spanish]).
- Pablo Orlando (31). Argentina. –He has created a system that provides vehicles with artificial intelligence, thus transforming them into autonomous cars (Inipop [in Spanish]).
- Patricio Jutard (34). Argentina. –His digital whiteboard allows people to work collaboratively and creatively from any location (Mural).
- Valentina Arriagada (26). Uruguay. –Her platform brings together patients with renal conditions and dialysis centers around the world to make their lives easier (Connectus Medical).