Dao is currently in his junior year at Hawaii Preparatory Academy. He received the Special Innovation Prize in the Junior/Senior High School Science Idea Competition at the Tsukuba Science Edge 2016 held March 25-26 in Japan for his project, “Brainwave Technology for Real-Time Driver Drowsiness Detection.” A total of 60 students from schools throughout Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and the United States competed through presentations showcasing original research and technology ideas.
Discussing his project, Dao says, “Drowsiness is one of the major causes of traffic accidents. I wanted to do this project to save the lives of many people in the U.S. and other countries as well. My project is to develop a system that connects an Electroencephalogram (EEG) headset to a smartphone through Bluetooth. This EEG headset will record a driver’s brain signals, and when the driver starts feeling drowsy his phone will ring and keep them awake.”
Keiko Ono, managing director of the Pacific Islands Society says, “Being chosen by a panel of judges including Dr. Reona Leo Ezaki, a former winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, is a testament to Dao’s talent. His project advisor, Dr. Bill Wecking said that ‘this is the sort of work from students that makes me optimistic about the future.’ We agree. That is why we are recognizing Dao as a Local Emerging Leader.”
Asked about future innovative ideas, Dao says he will focus on this project for now and may have some ideas about improving it’s performance in the future. He adds that other students need to realize, “Doing a science project costs much time, so it would be better for you to be ready if you really want to do it. Sometimes, you may feel bored, but when you turn your project into your passion, into your goal, you will love the way you do experiments.”
About the Emerging Leaders Program
The Islands Society believes that emerging leaders should be given a global platform to share their insights on how we can improve the health and well-being of island communities around the world. Through the Emerging Leaders Program, the Islands Society recognizes young professionals and students from different island communities. The Society then provides those individuals with an opportunity to share their insights on how the health and well-being of other island communities can be improved based on their own life experiences.
About the Islands Society
The Islands Society is a “Top-Rated” American 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to inspire and empower islanders to participate in foreign affairs and overseas engagements in order to affect positive change in their local communities. The nonprofit therefore develops and implements projects that are designed to help islanders realize their full potential on the world stage. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects center on ten issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, security, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policymakers, storytellers, and technologists. To implement these programs, the nonprofit has launched local constituent societies around the world. These include Baltic Islands Society, Caribbean Islands Society, Inland Islands Society, Pacific Islands Society, Ritō Society, Sea Islands Society, and SE Asian Islands Society.
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