Create Tomorrowland Challenge Winners Announced

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By: Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)

 

Last month, Disney and XPRIZE gave children ages 8-17 the opportunity to share their vision of the future through the Create Tomorrowland Challenge. Participants were told to imagine themselves in the future and report back through videos, stories, or drawings about an innovation they encountered, how it worked, and the impact it had on the future.

 

Submissions were scored based on originality, creativity, and presentation. The winners and their ideas are as follows:

 

  • Gabrielle Nafie, age 9, of New York, New York, envisioned a robotic origami bee called a bee origamibot. These tiny robots are activated by sunlight, function like real bees by pollinating plants vital to our survival and offset the global decline of the actual insect.

 

  • Maxwell Fung, age 11, of North Syracuse, New York, imagined a world with no pain thanks to the invention of the pain-blocking nanobot. These teeny metal bots are administered orally prior to surgery to inhibit nerve endings from transferring chemicals that induce pain. The nanobots are removed through the kidneys, result in little to no side effects and are non-addictive.

 

  • Jason Jackrel, age 12, of North Bellmore, New York, invented the hydrogen-powered scooter, the preferred transportation of the future. By utilizing hydrogen, which emits water, instead of fossil fuels, the hydrogen-powered scooter eliminates C02 emissions.

 

  • Clarissa Katko, age 15, of Dansville, Michigan, developed a cure for cancer through genetic therapy. By harnessing the genetic makeup of mole rats, whose genes have a high resistance to runway cell growth, humanity will be able to eradicate cancer and extend life expectancy.

 

  • Adrianne Camero, age 15, of Miami, Florida, devised the Magnēs Lithos Chair, a more efficient and adaptable alternative to the wheelchair. The Magnēs Lithos Chair utilizes the Earth’s electromagnetic field to levitate and is maneuvered by the user’s mind.

 

  • Natalie Cummings, age 16, of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, tapped into the science of Mother Nature to create artificial trees with leaves that cleanse the air of C02 at exponential rates while also capturing solar energy to power neighboring homes.

 

“We are thrilled to be able to recognize the talents and imagination of these extraordinary young people,” said Sean Bailey, President, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production in a press release. “The submissions showed an incredible and imaginative vision of the future, and through them, they have brought to life the same spirit and optimism that inspired us to make the film ‘Tomorrowland.’”

 

To view the winning submissions, please visit http://www.xprizechallenge.org

 

Congratulations to all the winners!


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