Not Impossible Now was amazed by the achievements by these innovators (all under 30) listed below. We were equally impressed by the wisdom and wit expressed in their tweets. Here’s our Top 5 of 2014:
5. Ryan Hait-Campbell: Hait-Campbell, 27, is the CEO of MotionSavvy. His team created the UNI tablet, which leverages motion-sensing cameras and voice recognition to translate American Sign Language into spoken words. The UNI was named one of Time magazine’s Top 25 inventions of the year.
His tweet below speaks volumes about why his company is gaining recognition. Read Not Impossible Now’s interview with Hait-Campbell.
4. Erik Finman: You may know Finman, 15, as the teenager who invested a $1,000 gift from his grandmother in Bitcoin, which eventually grew to $100,000. He used the funds to help launch Botangle.com, which is an “online learning community connecting experts with online learners across the globe,” according to the company’s site. Time magazine named Finman as one of their most influential teens of 2014.
We love the tweet below, not only because of Finman’s humor, but also because it reminds all of us (over the age of 30 anyway) what it was like to be young and awkward.
3. Shubham Banerjee: Banerjee, 13, invented an open-source Braille printer made from Lego (dubbed the Braigo) when he was 12. The invention won him worldwide acclaim and a trip to the White House Maker Faire. Last September, Intel announced that they would invest in his company.
We were touched by how Banerjee spoke from the heart in his tweet below. Watch our interview with Banerjee.
2. Pinetart Inc.: Ima Christian, 16, with her siblings Asha, 15, and Caleb, 14, formed Pinetart Inc. to create apps, including Five-O, which rates interactions with police officers. The app gained widespread attention in the media after the death of Michael Brown — an unarmed black teenager who was shot by a white officer in Ferguson, Mo. — set off protests across the country.
The young innovators posted the tweet below a week after a grand jury cleared a white New York police officer in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man. Read our interview with Ima and Asha.
1. Ciara Judge: Judge, 16, a high school student from Kinsale, Ireland, tweeted the message below on September 12. Ten days later, Judge, along with Sophie Healy-Thow and Émer Hickey, were named the Grand Prize Winners of the 2014 Google Science Fair.
The three students determined that a specific type of “bacteria could be used to speed up the germination process of certain crops, like barley and oats, by 50 percent, potentially helping fulfill the rising demand for food worldwide,” according to Google’s blog.
Top photo caption: Sophie Healy-Thow, Ciara Judge and Émer Hickey, from left to right, after being named the Grand Prize Winners of the 2014 Google Science Fair on September 22. (Photo courtesy of Google)