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Innovators to compete for $30k NASA scholarship

November 27, 2012 02:11

Scholarship is for a summer course at Singularity University on the California base of NASA.

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If you have a good idea that could improve the lives of millions of Israelis, now you have a chance to win fame and a $30,000 scholarship for a summer course at Singularity University on the California base of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The Ramon Foundation and the Science and Technology Ministry announced the invitation to participate in the third annual competition on Monday. The innovators’ competition is named in memory of fallen Israeli astronaut Col. Ilan Ramon and his son Assaf, who died in a pilot accident.

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The judges’ panel consists of senior government officials, leaders in academia, business and other spheres.

They will choose two innovative projects among dozens presented for consideration.

The winners will represent Israel in the 10-week summer program at Singularity University.

Participants will come from 80 countries and meet leading innovators, hear lectures about the future of NASA and be exposed to advanced technologies in seminars with White House representatives and the heads of Facebook and Google.

Previous winners suggested ways to solve the problems of garbage bag pollution by using a special glue; save space by developing spiral escalators; and monitor physiological parameters in real time.

Ramon Foundation director Ariel Brickman said that “excellence is not limited to a certain geographical region or socioeconomic sector. We believe that the joint and continuing effort of the ministry and the foundation will make it possible for those outstanding young people to reach their potential and influence the state’s future.”

Candidates will soon be able to register in Hebrew until December 21. The semi-finals will be held in the middle of February and the final two weeks later.
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