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The Weston Youth Innovation Award recognizes and honours Canadian innovators ages 14 to 18 who are making a difference. This annual award is generously funded by the Weston Family Foundation.
We look for individuals or groups who:
The cash prizes for the 2021 Weston Youth Innovation Award were:
The Ontario Science Centre is proud to present the 2021 Weston Youth Innovation Award to six enterprising teens from across Canada.
Andrew created Polarderm, a 3D smartphone camera attachment and AI web app that identifies seven types of skin lesions, including melanoma and basal cell carcinoma. By combining polarized dermoscopic technology and AI, Polarderm provides an accessible, low-cost option for early detection of skin cancer.
Determined to make recycling easier and more accessible, Catherine set out to develop a unique new method for sorting recycled materials using sound. Her machine-learning system identifies different materials such as plastic, paper and aluminum based on the sound each item makes when it falls into a bin.
During a service trip to India, Alishba learned about the serious problem of counterfeit medications in developing nations. In response, she developed Honestblocks, a Blockchain solution for tracking medications as they move throughout the supply chain. Alishba has partnered with major tech and pharma companies to validate and expand her project, which she hopes to pilot in India.
Saptarshi developed VADAR, an attachment for eyeglasses that provides real-time transcription of conversation using speech recognition technology and AI. With this innovation, Saptarshi hopes to provide a useful communication tool for people living with hearing loss.
Inspired to help their relatives in developing regions gain access to eyecare, Tienlan and Daniel invented TeleAEye. This low-cost smartphone tool combines fundus photography with AI to diagnose eye disease. With a low production cost of just $10, TeleAEye has the potential to expand eyecare access even in remote locations. Tienlan and Daniel plan to partner with telemedicine companies, local non-profits and eye doctors to provide TeleAEye to as many people as possible—at no cost.
The Weston Youth Innovation Award is generously supported by the Weston Family Foundation and is administered by the Ontario Science Centre.