Kicking off the new year on January 26th, we awarded three student innovators in the 2nd Annual Student Challenge. The challenge asked undergraduate and graduate students at UCLA to submit a new and amazing idea for an invention or technology to address a problem in Los Angeles. The grand prize? $4,000, a Google Daydream Virtual Reality Headset, and a day tour of Google L.A. With over 600 students signing up to participate, it was inspiring to see how many big ideas students had for shaping the future of Los Angeles.
The 1st place winner is Mihir Mathur, a Computer Science major at UCLA, who addressed the FuturizeX Student Challenge for building a better L.A. by developing a smart sorting trash disposal system called Heapsort. His goal is to reduce landfill waste by replacing our current trash disposal bins with smart sorting bins that use computer vision technology. Using a camera attached to the bins, the smart sorting computer system can easily distinguish the difference between recyclables and compost garbage.
The 2nd place winner is Mehdi Roein-Peikar, an International Dentistry Post-Graduate student at UCLA, who addressed the FuturizeX Student Challenge for building a better L.A. by developing a prototype for a new and optimized form of braces. His new braces prototype could shorten treatment, decrease dentist visits, and make treatment invisible. These unique braces are placed behind the teeth and move each individual tooth into place one at a time.
And finally, the 3rd place winner is Angela Chung, an Economics major at UCLA, who addressed the FuturizeX Student Challenge for building a better L.A. by proposing the integration of new filtration trapper tiles throughout Los Angeles. If used in place of regular building materials on homes and building, these new trapper tiles could significantly reduce PM10 pollution in our city.
Thank you to all the Bruins that participated and congratulations to Mihir Mathur, Mehdi Roein-Peikar, and Angela Chung!
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