It is hard to believe there are still many fatal, not sufficiently explored diseases in the 21st century. One of them, Ebola, took more than 11.000 lives during a three-year-long outbreak in West Africa. In order to increase the public’s awareness of this issue and help students to understand more about how Ebola is diagnosed and treated, Sadhana Anantha, only 19, has designed a simulation of the diagnostic test for this illness. The way she did it and the feedback afterwards brought her the title of 2016 National Young Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of the USA. This is her story.
The Youth Global Forum 2016 in Jakarta has concluded. Over the course of four days, more than 100 young people from 29 countries were gathered together to come up with interesting solutions for sustainable social development. Seven youth initiatives “battled” for the Forum’s main prize – a realization grant. And the winner was a young, but experienced, social entrepreneur from Russia: Olga Lakhnova, with a project targeted to fight the isolation of elderly people by allowing them to help with educating children. Olga plans to launch a social club in Moscow where local retirees will be able to use their knowledge for good by educating children through one-on-one instruction or in “classes” consisting of small groups. According to Olga, this will help elderly people to fight isolation and will give children the opportunity to obtain additional education for free. In this interview Olga explains the concept behind her winning project.
Clemence Digiovanni and Clara Pulja, both only 25, are already successful entrepreneurs. They get up every morning at 4 a.m. and work more than twelve hours so their customers can be happy and well fed. Although each of them originally decided to choose different life paths, an unplanned encounter in Northern France brought them together and allowed them to become business partners. Belgrade’s unique vibe enchanted them immediately, and without much planning they picked it as the right hot spot for their culinary adventure. Today they are the proud owners of the only genuine French bakery in the Serbian capital, called La Petite Cantine. In less than a year it has become a place that people talk about and rush to in the early morning hours, so they can grab their almond croissants while they’re still hot. And while their guests praise Clara and Clemence, calling what they do pure magic, they claim their business is just a reflection of themselves, representing the simplicity of life's pleasures at their best.
Scientist and also Deputy Director of the Petnica Science Center, Nikola Bozic (38) left the audience speechless with his TEDx Zemun talk about the latest discoveries that will soon shape our future. From electric cars and cyborgs to DNA editing, extra-solar planets, and distant life forms, for instance, he put reality and imagination together. Although the world is struggling with numerous issues regarding the use of energy sources, climate change, and the misuse of modern technology, Nikola hopes we will be smart enough to use all scientific knowledge in the centuries ahead for making the Earth a planet to be proud of. Precisely for these reasons, he believes, science and education should never be seen just as expenses for the government budget, but crucial investments in the future.
His parents thought his photography was just a childish phase, until they saw that the number of people on Instagram supporting his work was rapidly growing. Still, they did not think it would go further than being just a hobby. The only person who realised it was becoming a long term passion was his granny, who bought him the first serious camera he ever owned. He started learning, practising, and improving more and more until he applied to the International Photo Contest in Luxembourg and – won.
In the middle of November, a press conference was held at the Russian Center of Science and Art which was dedicated to the project “The World in the Palm of the Hand: Prague Dreams on Christmas 2”. The premiere of the project will take place on the 23rd of December at the “Hybernia” theater.
Imagine life with no steps. No running. No dancing. Imagine shouting words that nobody hears or eyes that look but are not being looked at. This feeling of resentment and weakness, as well as striving to help, has made Bogdan Stevanovic (28) – also known as Blogdan – sit in a wheelchair and spend eight days as a disabled person in the middle of Florence trying to experience all the obstacles disabled people face on an everyday basis. This project was part of his Master’s Thesis, and he talked more about it at this year’s TEDx Zemun event, held in Belgrade. After the project was over, the city of Florence took the first steps to make more places accessible to people in wheelchairs, but Bogdan says the rest of Europe needs to wake up, too. Instead of feeling sorry, this is what he did.
We live in the age of digital innovations and the rise of technologies. According to statistics gathered by Pocketgamer.biz in 2015, developers are submitting more than 1,000 apps to Apple's App Store per day! With millions of apps available it is really difficult to find the ones that we really need. Young developer Nicolas Lesage has come up with an app that targets students and young people as its primary audience. The idea is simple, yet something that you have not heard of before. I sat down with Nicolas to discuss the idea of FlatShaker - the app that helps you find out about an apartment before moving in.
"Jotaka" is a Spanish Illustrator who creates cute and pretty illustrations using colored textured paper. In ordinary life his name is Juan Carlos, and he lives in Valencia, Spain. All his works are unique, each has its own style, and the characters in his illustrations are very optimistic and funny. The technique of this artist's work is quite simple: he cuts out the paper elements of a new composition and pastes them on top of each other, creating a collage. We were very curious to know a little bit more about him.
Dancing has always been a popular form of exercise, but it is now medically proven that dancing, and especially the Argentinean tango, has great medical benefits. “Tango therapy” is the term applied to the therapeutic purposes of this dance, and it is rapidly becoming a popular way to increase the quality of life of many patients. Dancing not only cures the body, it also stimulates the mind and is used to help people who suffer with everything from Parkinson’s disease to depression and a list of phobias. Thirty eight years old Giulia Zimei, from Rome, is one of the passionate tango teachers who use Argentinean tango as a form of physical and mental activity to facilitate movement and get therapeutic benefits.