By Jamie Soon, Managing Director GiT Paris

The Innovators under 35 summit (MIT Technology Review) is like sitting through a 3h science-fiction movie, except that its not fiction; its a sneak preview into our future.

Remember those flying vehicles we’ve all seen in futuristic movies? Daniel Wiegand is bring that to reality with battery-powered Lilum, which will enable us to get to our destination 5x faster than a car. Aiming higher than the sky? Raycho Raychev designed affordable spacecrafts and online training program to make the field accessible to everyone. While Julien De Wit is busy charting new habitable planets outside our solar system, Talib Alhinai combines drones and 3D printing technologies with the aim to repair and build entire habitable structures in flight. He’s starting ‘only’ with Mars, but the possibilities are endless.

Speaking of printing, Sylvain Gariel is developing a benchtop DNA printer which can synthesize a variety of high quality DNA and RNA. On the other hand, Victor Dillard is developing Desktop Genetics to use actual patients’ DNA to develop personalised therapies through genome editing. All of a sudden, our biological make up is as accessible as a bunch of document processing tools. ? (and remember document processing tools (the real ones) were not that accessible only some 30 years ago)

I enjoyed the talk by Matthew Cole, who is developing new forms of X-rays sources based on nanomaterials, and also Enass Abo-Hamed’s H2GO Power , which aims to deliver a hydrogen energy storage system based nanotechnology. These bring back fond memories of what I used to do during my PhD. Working with hybrid perovskites, Sam Stranks is developing cheaper and more efficient solar panels using the roll-to-roll technology. I had a « why didnt I think of that! » moment when listening to him.

Big data and artificial intelligence are finding their way to optimise our everyday lives , from medical treatments (Loubna Bouarfa, OKRA technologies), diabetes treatment (Eduardo Jorgensen, MedicSen), education (Vivian Chan, Sparrho), just to name a few.

I was especially touched by the projet of Thibault Duchemin, who created Ava with the aim to empower the over 400 million people who suffer from deafness and hearing loss. He’s reached 50, 000 of them currently, and still going strong.

35 brillant young innovators were rewarded on this evening, and every one of them bring an idea which could change our lives tomorrow. Congratulations to the 35 lauréates!

Paul also gave an excellent account of the event.

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