Hondurans Selected as Semi-Finalists in the GIST Tech-I Competition

GIST Tech-I 2015
GIST Tech-I 2015

TEGUCIGALPA – Two Hondurans have been selected as semi-finalists in the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST Tech-I) Competition, a Department of State initiative that brings together Science &Technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship to strengthen the entrepreneurial spirit and empower individual innovators around the world.

The 76 semi-finalists were selected from almost 800 young Science &Technology innovators and entrepreneurs from around the world who entered this year’s GIST Tech-I competition. Thirty finalists will be chosen by a worldwide vote to attend and pitch their projects at the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Kenya.  Voting takes place from May 11 to June 11, 2015. The public can vote for their favorite projects online at www.gistnetwork.org/tech-i/vote. Individuals can vote once a day, every day during the month-long voting period.

The Honduran semi-finalists, Madeleine Rodriguez and Juan Romero, are working on two different projects that could each have a significant impact on Honduras and the world.

Madeleine Rodriguez is participating in a project to create a vaccine for Dengue Fever without the use of live attenuated viruses. To vote for Madeleine visit: https://goo.gl/jrLQnd

Juan Romero’s project aims to create an intelligent mist irrigation system which would store excess water for use in times of scarcity. To vote for Juan visit: https://goo.gl/EIv3Z5

In addition to voting for the GIST finalists, the public will vote on the location of an upcoming GIST Regional Startup Boot Camp, which will provide training and mentoring to young science and technology innovators and entrepreneurs from top U.S. mentors and in-country partners. The country that receives the most votes will be the location of the 2016 GIST Regional Startup Boot Camp.

The public can vote once a day, every day, during the voting period (May 11-June 11, 2015) and will have the opportunity to cast their vote for the Regional Bootcamp location after voting for a semi-finalist.