Today, Google announced the 15 global finalists for its 2014 science fair and with participants ranging from 13-18 years old, this next generation of geniuses give a glimpse of just how bright the future might be. Useful entries like 15-year-old Kenneth Shinozuka’s wearable sensors that help healthcare providers keep track of Alzheimer’s patients who may unknowingly wander away demonstrate the type of forward-thinking being applied to this showcase.

These young minds are also taking on social and economic issues, such as cyberbullying and world hunger. This year’s competition features finalists from around the world competing for prizes, with top honors including a $50,000 scholarship from Google, a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands with National Geographic Expeditions and a visit to the Virgin Galactic Spaceport. Winners will be announced on September 22nd at 7PM PDT.

(via Google Science Fair 2014)

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