Finalists 2018

Congratulations to winner of the 2018 Breakthrough Junior Challenge, Samay Godika, and the 2018 Finalists, who created the top-scoring videos from last year’s competition.

Samay Godika: 2018 Winner

Circadian Rhythm Samay Godika, 16 India
Samay Godika, 16

Circadian Rhythm

Samay Godika, 16, India

National Public School, Koramangala

Bio:

Samay Godika is a 16-year-old student from Bangalore, India. As well as winning the 2018 Breakthrough Junior Challenge, he was a Finalist and the Global Popular Vote Winner in the 2017 competition. In ninth grade, Samay was selected by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for their Launch Entrepreneurship Program. Out of 80 students selected for the program, he was one of just seven ninth graders selected from all over the world. In 2013, Samay was part of a team that reached the National Round of the World Robotics Olympiad. In 2016, he was part of a team that collected over 500 pairs of uniforms and shoes and distributed them to underprivileged school-children. In December 2017, Samay was invited by TEDxLavelleRoad to give a talk about the various lessons he imbibed during his experience of the Breakthrough Junior Challenge and MIT Launch.

Acceptance remarks:

My interest in science has been driven by personal experiences. A family member has Parkinson’s disease, and in that context I came across autophagy (the topic of my first Breakthrough Junior Challenge video). I myself suffer from asthma, and had noticed that attacks peaked in the early morning – which got me interested in Circadian Rhythm, the topic of my second video, which won the competition this year. A combination of neuroscience and data science skills could enable me to devise solutions for some of the most debilitating diseases faced by humanity. I am exploring the possibility of early diagnosis of Parkinson's disease by applying AI to voice data. Another area I am looking at is identifying autophagy-modulating compounds via computer vision. Overall, I am intrigued by the idea of leveraging multi-disciplinary topics to solve problems. Additionally, given the rapid pace of technological evolution, there is an urgent need to keep students engaged in STEM subjects. When taught using storytelling, animation and AR/VR, these subjects can hold the attention of young people. I would also like to explore a business that combines storytelling with teaching.

2018 Finalist Submissions

Engineering Luck, The P vs. NP Problem Ayesha Ahmed, 18 Australia
Ayesha Ahmed, 18

Engineering Luck, The P vs. NP Problem

Ayesha Ahmed, 18, Australia

Nozzle Theory Jason Chen, 15 United States
Jason Chen, 15

Nozzle Theory

Jason Chen, 15, United States

Markov Chains Sam Cryan, 18 United States
Sam Cryan, 18

Markov Chains

Sam Cryan, 18, United States

The Wave-Particle Duality of Matter Victor Elgersma, 17 Belgium
Victor Elgersma, 17

The Wave-Particle Duality of Matter

Victor Elgersma, 17, Belgium

Biological Clock Artem Kirsanov, 17 Russian Federation
Artem Kirsanov, 17

Biological Clock

Artem Kirsanov, 17, Russian Federation

Quantum Tunneling & Superposition Diogo Afonso Leitão, 16 Brazil
Diogo Afonso Leitão, 16

Quantum Tunneling & Superposition

Diogo Afonso Leitão, 16, Brazil

String Theory: A Theory of Everything Luciana Lozano, 14 Mexico
Luciana Lozano, 14

String Theory: A Theory of Everything

Luciana Lozano, 14, Mexico

Revolutionary Microscopic Love (CRISPR) Srishti Mishra, 17 Cambodia
Srishti Mishra, 17

Revolutionary Microscopic Love (CRISPR)

Srishti Mishra, 17, Cambodia

The Wizarding World of Mathematics Explores the P vs. NP Concept Adelyn Moore, 17 United States
Adelyn Moore, 17

The Wizarding World of Mathematics Explores the P vs. NP Concept

Adelyn Moore, 17, United States

Black Holes Ain't As Black! (Hawking Radiation) ft Einstein, Hawking and others Kavya Negi, 18 India
Kavya Negi, 18

Black Holes Ain't As Black! (Hawking Radiation) ft Einstein, Hawking and others

Kavya Negi, 18, India

The Mpemba Effect: Does it really VIOLATE the Laws of Thermodynamics? HP Park, 16 Republic of Korea
HP Park, 16

The Mpemba Effect: Does it really VIOLATE the Laws of Thermodynamics?

HP Park, 16, Republic of Korea

Crispr Grace Patenaude, 15 United States
Grace Patenaude, 15

Crispr

Grace Patenaude, 15, United States

Split-Brain Syndrome Avideep Pradhan, 17 United States
Avideep Pradhan, 17

Split-Brain Syndrome

Avideep Pradhan, 17, United States

Genetic Engineering Matthew Walak, 18 United States
Matthew Walak, 18

Genetic Engineering

Matthew Walak, 18, United States

4D Spacetime and Gravity Nikhiya Shamsher, 16 India
Nikhiya Shamsher, 16

4D Spacetime and Gravity

Nikhiya Shamsher, 16, India