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MIT Technology Review Awards 3 Argentine Innovators for Achievements

By | [email protected] | October 31, 2017 1:23pm


Three Argentines have made the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Technology Review s “Innovators under 35” list, an award for 35 outstanding innovators each year. According to its website, the award recognizes “individuals whose superb technical work promises to shape the coming decades,” and rewards “ingenious and elegant work that matters to the world at large—not just to peers in a particular field or industry.” Santiago Siri, Agustina Fainguersch and Florencia Montini were selected among more than 3,000 applicants.

Let’s take a look at why they made the list

Conicet researcher Florencia Montini will be recognized for her creating a new bio-material with the same elasticity of blood vessels. This material “can be used to restore circulation in vessels affected by obstruction or atherosclerosis. Once the surgery is finished, one’s own body can replace the canal with new vascular tissue without side effects,” Montoni explained in an interview with the MIT Technology Review. Her discovery will permit a new scale of production for high-quality biomedical implants.

Agustina Fainguersch, a student of engineering at the Technological Institute of Buenos Aires (ITBA) will be recognized for her development of an application, Muzi, to test blood and diagnose HIV. Muzi combines low cost kits, cell phones, and an incentive program to help people conduct blood tests without inconvenience and stigma.

Santiago Siri will be recognized for his creation of the Democracy Earth Foundation, an organization that is “building free, open source software for incorruptible blockchain-based voting within institutions of all sizes, from the most local involving two people to the most global involving all of us. ” Democracy Earth Foundation seeks “true democratic governance for the Internet age, one of the foundational building blocks of an achievable global peace and prosperity arising from an arc of technological innovations that will change what it means to be human on Earth.”

The three Argentine innovators, along with 32 others from Latin America, will receive their awards Nov. 16 at the Pan-american University of Mexico.