14-year-old student from Chennai, has won the Google Community Impact Award from Asia for creating a device that enhances fishermen’s safety and productivity, Google India announced on 19 July. Beating thousands of entries from over 107 countries,14-year-old Advay Ramesh from Chennai bagged the prestigious award from Asia.
Advay Ramesh, a student of class 10 at the National Public School in Chennai, is working on an application that runs on a hand-held device like a smartphone that will warn fishermen if they are about to cross an international water boundary. for his project on enhancing the safety and productivity of fishermen using GPS. The award includes a grant of $1,000 in funding and a year-long mentorship from Scientific American to develop his project further.
“The app will save lives, help families and increase productivity for fishermen,” Advay Ramesh, who has won the Google Science Fair project award from the Asia Pacific region with the FELT project, told Hindustan Times.
Google selected top 100 ideas out of thousands of projects submitted. This includes 14 projects from Indian students. The top 16 global finalists will join Google in Mountain View on September 27 for their sixth annual Awards Celebration.
Advay Ramesh has won $10,000 and a year-long mentorship from Scientific American. He is also among 20 finalists for a Google scholarship worth $50,000.