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Creating a Knowledge Democracy: Jack Andraka at TEDxYouth@SanDiego 2013

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Published on Jan 16, 2014

Jack Andraka is breaking down the walls of cancer detection and bumping up against the walls of what he calls a "knowledge arsitocracy." At age 15 Jack created a novel paper sensor that detects pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancer in 5 minutes -- for as little as 3 cents. This groundbreaking work is transforming the world of cancer, healthcare and science but it is so much harder than it needs to be due to the current class system of knowledge and the high cost of access to scholaraly articles for the knowledge middle or under class. Jack reveals how the push for kids to get involved in science / STEM initiatives isn't enough: "When the new Katy Perry song costs 99 cents and a seminal science article costs 35 dollars, that's a bit of a mixed message."


Jack Andraka's work led to recognition as the winner of the Gordon E. Moore award at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award. President Obama named him a Champion of Change for his work to break down scientific journal paywalls, and he was Mrs. Obama's guest at the State of the Union Address.

Jack (now 16) is currently in high school in Maryland and he's working with a team of teens (Gen Z) on the Qualcomm Foundation Tricorder X Prize. He is an internationally acclaimed speaker, traveling all over the world sharing his thoughts about open access, STEM education and universal Internet availability. He is also on the national junior wildwater kayaking team.

TEDxYouth@SanDiego is an independently organized TEDx event designed by youth, for youth to bring the power of big ideas to the youth of San Diego -- and the world. WWW.TEDxYOUTHSANDIEGO.COM

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)

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