Today I want to talk to you about my passion – amazing, breathtaking innovation!
Few companies are more passionate about technology and innovation than Intel. We never fail to be impressed by the power of the human imagination or the millions of young people who are fueling the future with their amazing ideas. They inspire us. And through Intel Innovators, we hope to empower them.
For the first time in history, young people anywhere can change the world through technology. In celebration, we’ve launched Intel Innovators – a special community on our global Facebook page that connects young people inventing tomorrow to those who want to have a hand in it. Every month, for 3 months, an expert panel will award one Youth Innovator (age 18-24) a $50,000 grant and one Fan will win the right to determine which young finalist gets another $50,000.
In the first month of the competition we have already seen hundreds of brilliant ideas submitted by young entrepreneurs from across the country. Fans of innovation have formed a community around the ideas and have been eagerly investing social capital points (the virtual currency of the platform) into their favorite ideas (over 480-million earned so far!). Yesterday the top five innovators pitched their ideas in front of an esteemed panel of VCs and technology experts. And today I am thrilled to share the first two winning ideas with you!
The first $50,000 was awarded to Alex Adelman, a 22 year-old from Charolette, NC. Alex’s idea Cosmic Cart is a product tagging system that allows users to buy merchandise from any video online. He was picked by the Top Fan, Maxim Budyinsky, who raised and invested the most social capital points this round.
The second $50,000 was awarded to 24 year-old Virgil Hare from Detroit, MI whose idea LoginWill is a social networking website where people can designate beneficiaries to receive all of their online login information in the event that they pass away. Virgil will also receive a customized entrepreneurship training program with the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Association .
And all of our finalists will be receiving a state-of-the-art Intel®-inspired Ultrabook™, the Asus Zenbook UX31E.