Planet Earth viewed from space 311.
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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
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
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.
will represent Israel in the 10-week summer program at Singularity
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
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.