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Oliver Nicholls, 19, of Sydney, Australia, was awarded first place on Friday, May 18, 2018, for designing and building a prototype of an autonomous robotic window cleaner for commercial buildings at the 2018 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a program of Society for Science & the Public and the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. (Credit: Chris Ayers/Society for Science & the Public)


Around 1800 young scientists – from 81 countries – competed this week at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh.

The theme for the 2018 edition was Think Beyond and the young innovators showcased their inspiring ideas for ‘improving the way we work and live’. Australian teenager Oliver Nicholls came out on top for his prototype of an autonomous robotic window cleaner for commercial buildings. The Sydney lad walked away with the Gordon E. Moore Award of $75,000, named after the Intel co-founder.


“When students from different backgrounds, perspectives and geographies come together and share their ideas, there is no limit to what they can achieve,” said Rosalind Hudnell, Intel vice president of Corporate Affairs and president of the Intel Foundation.


There were awards for some 600 finalists, with the 24 Best of Category winners receiving $8000 in prize money.

Check out the event brochure for a full list of the finalists.

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