This year, the five regional finalists were Daniel Bonanno who travelled from Malta to represent the EMEA region, Likhita Chandrashekara from Bangalore who represented the South Asia region, Amy Chen from Calgary who won the Americas regional heat, Andreas Kaisaris from Gloucestershire representing the UK and Padmanabhan Krishnamurthy from Hong Kong who represented the Asia Pacific region.
All five finalists delivered interesting and thought-provoking presentations on subjects ranging from SAKHI, the Companion Chatbot and JPEG Lossy Image Compression to the James Webb Space Telescope.
On the night, Amy Chen was announced the runner up, as voted for by the audience and a panel of judges, for her intriguing presentation on ‘astroplastics – from colon to colony.’ However, it was Padmanaban Krishnamurthy who triumphed as the winner for his engaging presentation on ‘Helen’ – a device he co-created that converts lip-reading into text.
On winning the top prize of £1,000, Padmanabhan said: “It feels great to have won - it’s a bit indescribable. My presentation was about a device that can help disabled people interact with the world more easily - and when that device is given recognition by organisations like the IET, you can’t wish for anything more. I’d like to express my gratitude to my co-creator Amrut and my mentor Professor Brian Mak - without them, there would be no Helen.”
Congratulations to Padmanabhan and everyone involved in this year’s 140 Present Around The World heats. For more information about the competition, please visit our website.