December 22, 2017 #ChileDiverse #ChileGlobal

5 young Chileans distinguished by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The Spanish edition of the MIT Technology Review magazine has concluded its selection of 35 Latin American innovators under the age of 35, who are working on new projects and ideas that will improve the way we live and work in the future. In this edition, 5 young Chileans have stood out for their diverse technological advances and their contribution to global welfare.

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Barbarita Lara
She has managed to combine a mobile application with radio waves that allow sending alerts to citizens under emergency situations or natural disasters, without the need to have access to internet or mobile networks. Motivated by the frequent earthquakes that affect us, and having witnessed how connectivity services fail during these catastrophes, Barbarita decided to get to work on this project and thus facilitate evacuation, communication and, in general, the emergency protocol nationwide.

Its application, which goes by the name of SiE has been supported by the Chilean government and large private companies, and is currently in talks with the National Emergency Office of the Ministry of the Interior and Public Security (ONEMI). National Emergency Office of the Ministry of the Interior and Public Safety (ONEMI) to be able to officially in order to be officially launched on the market.

Pedro Aguilera
Seeking to prevent pressure ulcers and aiming to improve the lives of people in wheelchairs, Pedro created the app Prev UPP. For the correct functioning of the application, a kind of cushion is used that has several sensors placed in strategic areas of the body, on which the patient sits. Through this mechanism, the app is able to detect changes in pressure and send the data to the patient's cell phone, generating an alert if any alteration is documented.

The app is currently being tested by a group of patients, in order to make the necessary modifications and studies before launching it massively to the market. A project inspired by his personal experience as a person in a wheelchair, which seeks to improve the quality of life of thousands.

Emmanuel Massenez
Due to the growing tendency of people to make their purchases through the Internet, several small companies or "SMEs" have been affected, thus reducing their production and sales. This is why Massenez decided to create "Arara"a service that provides small businesses with the tools that large companies have.

Its main objective is to improve productivity and keep these companies updated with what is happening in the digital world, this is achieved through a software platform that provides analytics on consumer behavior and the effectiveness of digital marketing actions ; allowing to approach customers in an effective and personalized way.

Iván Páez
"Kappo Bike is an application already known by bicycle enthusiasts, which seeks to turn big cities into more pleasant places to live and move around, through the use of this method of transportation.

Its app consists of a game that seeks to motivate users to use their bicycles as transportation on a daily basis, and also records their trips. What few people know is that the application collects this data and through the analysis of this data it is possible to determine the real use of streets and avenues, facilitating the improvement of exclusive roads. Currently, this venture seeks to involve companies to encourage the use of bicycles in their employers, through the creation of competitions and contests.

To date, Kappo is used in about 50 countries, and has established agreements with different cities (two of them in Denmark) with the purpose of improving the roads and making this activity a more pleasant experience.

Komal Dadlani
Both Chile and the rest of Latin American countries have a high percentage of scientific illiteracy compared to other countries, this may be due to the theoretical emphasis of this discipline, along with the high cost of optimal laboratories. In order to reverse this situation, Dadlani decided to take advantage of the characteristics of smartphones and tablets to create a portable laboratory.

Through the use of each device's own accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer and camera, it is that Lab4U seeks to bring young people closer to science through small pre-designed experiments.

Currently, a pilot project has already been launched in institutions in Chile, the United States, the United Arab Emirates and Mexico, and is expected to continue expanding, even to schools that do not have Internet access, making it a highly inclusive tool.


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