A while ago, 15-year-old Ann Makosinski invented a flashlight that runs without batteries. Will it win her first prize in an international competition? She has some formidable rivals.
You can read a bit about the batteryless flashlight — torch, to you, Limey — here. This is one of the inventors and inventions entered into the Google Science Fair. That's Google as in the "evil" company according to Margaret Hodge. The competition is open to 13-18 year olds, or rather it was, as the 2013 event is now at the finalist stage.
Who else is in the running and what are their inventions/projects?
How about turning banana skins into bio-plastics? Elif Bilgin, a young girl from Turkey, has come up with this idea.
Eric Chen is 17 years old, and he is developing a new antidote for influenza, as you would do. Eric hails from San Diego along with Angela Davis and Brenda Spencer. He has already eclipsed their achievements.
Valerie Ding has been working in a broadly similar field to Ann Makosinski, ie to save energy. Perhaps the two should put their heads together?
Whoever of the fifteen finalists wins this competition, there will be no losers, and if just one of these ideas is taken up by a big corporation, the world will be the winner.
You can watch the finals live on Google, September 22.