Student Voices volunteer Ramneek wins national technology competition
Ramneek Kaur Ahluwalia, an engineering student from Ilford and Student Voices volunteer, was crowned this year’s winner of a national competition that invites young people to solve some of the world’s biggest issues.
Ramneek was one of more than 450 young entrepreneurs who entered Samsung’s tech for good competition Solve for Tomorrow. She won the competition with her MyVision invention.
MyVision is a tech-forward mobility aid that allows users to navigate their surroundings via Ai, LiDAR and GPS technology. The groundbreaking mobile device was created as an advancement of the white cane.
Ramneek said: “I honestly can’t believe I’ve won! More than 2 million people in the UK have sight loss and every day 250 people will start to lose their sight – yet we’re seriously lacking in advancements in technology for people with sight impairments.
“Throughout the competition, we’ve been able to work with incredible mentors and I have learnt so much from the other finalists. I’m really looking forward to developing MyVision as a tool to help the visually impaired community navigate their lives in a simpler way.”
Ramneek has devoted her life and career to helping visually impaired people further their education and career opportunities. She has spoken about her cause to the All Parliament Group and campaigns with Thomas Pocklington Trust’s Student Voices volunteers.
Listen to Ramneek talking about her invention in the first interview in this Evening Standard podcast: Tech & Science Daily – podfollow.com
Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow Competition is a global initiative that challenges young people, between the ages of 16 – 25, to use technology in creative ways to help improve social issues.
Ramneek is the second to win the £10,000 cash prize in the UK with MyVision and now joins an exclusive network of Solve for Tomorrow winners globally. MyVision will also benefit from an additional six-months of mentorship from the Solve for Tomorrow team at Samsung and Digital Catapult to continue working on the development of her project.
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