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4 young innovators

These are the finalists of the Innovator Under 35: four young Argentines chosen from among the best innovators in the
| 28 January, 2020 |

If there’s something left in Argentina, it’s talent, innovation and the ability to think outside the box. That is why it fills us with pride when the achievements of our people are recognized abroad. Especially when it comes to young people who want to change the world. Meet the four young people chosen as finalists for Innovator Under 35, an award organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) magazine.

David Trejo Pizzo, Bárbara Tomadoni, Facundo Carrillo and Demian Brener were chosen by their advances in computing, agriculture, mental health and blockchain. The ones winners will be known on January 30 in Mexico City.

David Trejo Pizzo (Category “Inventor”)

Born in Santa Cruz, then emigrated to Buenos Aires to study, where he received from electronic engineer at the University of Palermo. At 28 years old, today he has seven patents to their credit, all associated with the concept of “memristors”, a combination of memory and resistance, which aims to emulate a neural network of computer. For two years, he’s been working on a tiny chip, 45 nanometers, allowing the maximum power possible without collapsing.


BARBARBARA Tomadoni (Category “Pioneer”)

At 29 years old, Bárbara Tomadoni was already awarded as a chemical engineer and a food engineer. She completed a Ph.D. in Food Preservation at the UBA and two years ago she is doing her postdoctoral work, which led her to be among the finalists. She works as a researcher at INTEMA, which depends on Conicet, where she develops a solution for agriculture and for the environment: superabsorbent hydrogels to control moisture in soils during droughts. These hydrogels are 100% biodegradable and are cheaper because they are obtained from marine waste: their material comes from algae.


Facundo Carrillo (Category “Entrepreneur”)

Facundo Carrillo’s interest is cognition. In this area, he found a need: to provide psychiatrists with the possibility of having an artificial intelligence tool to corroborate their diagnoses. With that premise, together with three colleagues, he founded Sigmind. The app works like a holter: it monitors patients throughout the day. At the age of 32, Facundo studied Computer Science and obtained a doctorate from the UBA. He’s a Conicet investigator.


Demian Brener (Category “Entrepreneur”)

An industrial engineer graduated from the Technological Institute of Buenos Aires (ITBA), Brener is another of the young finalists. He is 29 years old and is at the forefront of one of the leading cybersecurity companies focused on blockchain, the technology that rose to fame during the bitcoin fever, but has endless uses in the most varied areas. In 2015, he co-founded OpenZeppelin, a company that became global, with members in different cities. The company aims to speed up the adoption of the blockchain and is responsible for providing the relevant computer security.

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