Did you know that …
…that three medical students of Budapest universities got into the finals of the Berlin Falling Walls Lab International Innovation contest?
The local event, organized jointly with the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA), invited young researchers and professionals to pitch their innovative ideas, which also answer the question ”Which wall will fall next in the field of science and innovation?”
The organizers expected the event to connect talents and present and future innovators, to discover individuals achieving outstanding and effective results, to promote interdisciplinary dialogue, to develop new scientific communication and to build strong and lasting scientific networks.
Havlik Károly of the Budapest Semmelweis University developed an application for diabetic patients to sustain the correct blood sugar level.
Fülöp Ádám (BME - Budapest Technical and economic University)) developed a device that translates written words into Braille, so the blind, or people with poor vision can enjoy reading.
Dávid Bálint’s (BME) contraption gives information of the patient’s condition to the surgeon during laparoscopy surgery to make the best decision.
BME hosted the domestic Falling Walls Lab for the first time in the history of the event selecting the most promising innovators of the future from among 15 young talents.
”The Berlin Wall was the symbol of all the demolished walls in Europe. Let’s not allow walls to restrict our thoughts. It is mostly the challenges of the present, such as epidemics and climate change, that particularly highlight the ever increasing significance of science,” Rolf Moormann, deputy head of the political section at the Budapest embassy of Germany reminded the audience.
Józsa János, Rector of Budapesti Műszaki és Gazdaságtudományi Egyetem – the Budapest Technical and Economic University – said: ”Innovative minds, scientists are often on the borderline separating the known from the unknown world. They ask questions, search for answers and often work on problems we only hope to find a solution to some day.”
The winners of the national Labs are given the chance to showcase their ideas at the international Falling Walls Lab Finale and the Falling Walls Conference in Berlin, whose costs are paid by the Falling Walls Lab Foundation and local organizers (in Hungary MTA).
The Falling Walls Finale in Germany has been held on November 9, the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, every year since 2015. This year, nearly 200 participants from 56 countries will compete with their presentations. Similarly to the national contests, each young presenter is allowed three minutes to pitch their idea in English, attempting to convince the jury made of up globally recognized researchers, Nobel prize awarded scientists, renowned businessmen and internationally acclaimed academics that their accomplishments and innovations are worth investing in.
(culled from a BME university news release)