Where and how could nanotechnologies be used? How could they contribute to a better, sustainable European future? What kind of applications or products could you think of? In Autumn 2014 NanoDiode asked school kids and students across to develop their own innovative ideas. Over 50 European youngsters took part in the competition and sent their ideas to the NanoDiode team. After public voting on NanoDiode website, an expert jury of artists, researchers, CSO and industry representatives picked their favourites – for the final results, the public and jury votes were counted together.

NanoDiode project is delighted to announce the winners of the competition:

The winner of the competition is Rodrigo García Ferreriro from the Colegio Corazón de María in Gijón – Asturias, Spain with his idea of “Automatically heated nanomaterials – materials that absorb sunlight, store its energy and release it as heat according to the user’s needs. NanoDiode is happy to award Rodrigo with the first prize of the competition – an innovation-oriented weekend trip for two to Amsterdam, the Netherlands!

Rodrigo’s contribution was thanked for its originality, personality and broad usability:

Rodrigo’s idea is an original one and does not only reflect current uses of nanomaterials. He also delightfully connects innovative technologies to an everyday problem he himself has experienced.”- Koert van Mensvoort, Director, Next Nature Network, Expert jury member

As a jury member I used the assessment criteria of innovativeness, user-friendliness, multi-usability and ethics. Rodrigo’s idea fulfils these criteria and could be used in multiple ways – the only challenge is now the technical realisation of it.“- Pieter van Broekhuizen, IVAM UvA, Project Coordinator NanoDiode, Expert jury member

The second prize of the competition is shared by

Serena Della Rossa from Liceo Scientifico G. Marinelli in Udine, Italy with the “NT Bracelet” for the monitoring of body stats,

Pablo Peña Suárez, also from Colegio Corazón de María in Gijón – Asturias, Spain with his “Nano ID+” tracking device and

Edanur Demirsoy, Funda Coban, Ozora Thayalan, Diellza Aslani & Fercan Ferli from the Herbert-Hoover-Schule in Stuttgart, Germany with the “Nano-Headscarf: Swimming without getting wet.

Serena, Pablo as well as the Stuttgarter girls were all thanked for the way they adapted existing or upcoming innovations to everyday problems of consumers. Serena’s idea links to lab-on-a-chip –devices and Pablo’s to innovations related to the “internet of things”, whereas

The idea about the headscarf is interesting because it is not about inventing new technologies but about using existing technologies in a new field, to a social problem that perhaps wasn’t in the scientists’ thoughts initially. The girls informed themselves about a technology, realised a problem and came up with an application.”  -Hannie van den Bergh, Studio HB, NanoDiode Consortium

Serena, Pablo, Edanur, Funda, Ozora, Diellza & Fercan will all be awared with trips to NanoDiode dialogues or with laboratory visits in their home countries.

In addition to the individual prizes, the Herbert-Hoover-Schule in Stuttgart, Germany as well as the I.I.S. Caterina da Siena in Milan, Italy are awarded for their broad participation with the NanoSchoolBox, containing exciting nanotechnology do-it-yourself experiments for the entire class.

NanoDiode and the expert jury congratulate the winners and thank all competition participants for their contributions! Below you can see all the ideas and click on them for more information – like, tweet or share the ideas you find best!

Read NanoDiode’s full report on the idea competition here: D2.2 – Report of the school kids’ and students’ competition for innovative ideas