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N.B. youth recognized for drone that helps save lives

By Tara Clow May 10, 2024 | 1:44 PM

Sixteen outstanding youth from across Canada will be recognized by the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF) during Canadian Innovation Week (May 13-17) for their problem-solving projects

The honourees, aged 14 to 18, are national winners and finalists of the Rideau Hall Foundation Ingenious+ youth innovation challenge.

It gives young innovators a chance to advance their ideas through financial support, learning opportunities, and mentorship.

Maxim Michaud from New Brunswick was one of the national finalists. The project created was a drone that helps to save lives.

It speeds up the search process for missing people, using artificial intelligence and a thermal camera to identify potential leads or people. It is a tool that will enable search teams to act faster and more effectively.

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“We are thrilled to be honouring this group of youth during Canadian Innovation Week,” says Teresa Marques, President and CEO of the RHF. “Ingenious+ is all about empowering Canada’s next generation of changemakers to improve the world around us through creative thinking and by taking action. The calibre of this year’s submissions and winning projects makes clear that the future of Canadian innovation, coast to coast to coast, is bright.”

Together, all national winners, national finalists, and regional winners will receive $140,000 in addition to ongoing learning, networking and mentorship opportunities.

The Ingenious+ 2024 National Awards ceremony will be held in Ottawa on May 15.