The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the U.S. Department of State are the powers behind the 2015 Technology Idea (Tech-I) Competition.
Tech-I is part of the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) Initiative and is an annual entrepreneurship competition which seeks to identify exciting young scientists, inventors, and great minds from around the world.
This year citizens from 86 countries were eligible to apply in the four sectors of agriculture, energy, health, and information and communications technology (ICT). In order to apply, applicants were required to submit a 750-word executive summary describing their science and technology product, research, service, or concept, in addition to a 90-second promotional video.
All applications were reviewed by expert panels comprised of technical and regional experts, scientists, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists from around the world prior to public voting, which will begin on May 11, 2015.
Public voting, support for Albania
Public voting will determine the top thirty finalists who will attend the Tech-I finals at the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit in sub-Saharan Africa (exact location to be confirmed). During this internationally prestigious event, these amazing up-and-coming scientists and entrepreneurs will receive intensive skills training, mentorship, and networking access to global leaders in their fields.
All finalists will receive up to 3 months mentoring following the finals. In addition, finalists will also compete for funding of up to $15,000. Further information on can be found at www.gistnetwork.org/tech-i.
The competition is now open for voting and people from around the world can vote through this link http://www.gistnetwork.org/tech-i/vote and chose their favorite team from their nation, and for Albania, which has qualified to the Semi-Finals, Grigor Basha and Mikel uni are competing with a project named “Smart Charging”, a projectÂ which aims on transforming the old non-functional payphones into modern and multifunctional charging mobile phone stations. It is the unique opportunity to charge your mobile phones on public places using alternative energy from renewable resources.
The team is competing under the Energy Subject with the team name Smartboys, while voting is as easy as a Facebook login and can be done at this link, where a video will provide you more details on how the project works and you can vote only once per 24 hours.
These amazing young scientists and entrepreneurs are looking to change their communities. Vote and give them the best possible chance to change their world and progress to the Finals in Nairobi, Kenya in July.
Also new this year is the opportunity for all voters to enter for the chance to win a GIST Regional Startup Boot Camp for 2016 in their country or a country of their selection in the March to One Million Votes Campaign.