In December, the winners of the 2016 CappSci’s Inventors contest software were announced distributing $1 million to 10 inventors over a five-year period. Through the Skild platform, the administrators of the contest chose to single out one finalist who has been making an exceptional pursuit with his invention – Dr. Prasoon Diwakar.” His invention is a Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Detector (Say that five times fast).
“Bringing science to the people”
Diwakar is a research scientist who has dabbled with the use of lasers for quite some time. Needless to say, lasers are not new to him. When he was an intern at CNR-TEMPE he studied soot formations in fames using laser diagnostics. This later motivated his epic laser creation – The Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy Detector. This invention that put him as a finalist in the contest platform, is an instrument that can detect carcinogens in airborne materials, solids, and liquid samples. Carcinogens is a substance that is basically in anything that can cause cancer. Detecting carcinogens would be ideal for people in order to prevent cancer from spreading.
Diwakar’s goal would be for everyone to be able to get their hands on this laser in a kit-like sample in order to be of assistance in day-to-day life. If people could do that it would be much less expensive from what is currently being used. Also with this new laser, there wouldn’t be any limitation to where it could be located and used. Places such as:
- Government (private buildings)
- Venues of all kinds
Diwakar calls this situation, “bringing science to the people” so that everyone can protect themselves.
Contest management system makes a difference
Skild is proud to have had input on this contest management software in order to make sure such innovative finalists were discovered for the CappSci’s Inventors Challenge. With Skild’s contest management skills, taking the idea of a competition and turning it into a reality can actually happen. Just like with every single one of the challenges Skild has been a part of, CappSci’s Inventors Challenge was once just an idea. But with the proper tools, it found the next step in detecting carcinogens and hopefully in the future, eliminating them.