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CWSF 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario

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My name is Jacky Zhao and I am a Grade 11 Boarding Student at St. George's School in Vancouver BC. As an avid entrepreneur and aspiring scientist, I spend most of my free time looking for new ways to solve socioeconomic issues and improve conditions for those who are less fortunate. This vision has led me to explore many different fields like Machine Learning and Electrical Engineering. It has also led me to explore many aspects of leadership, whether that be within dorm or on an executive member in numerous youth-led non-profits. I first became inspired to work on this project after watching a TEDTalk by Rachel Kolb, who talked about Navigating Deafness in a Hearing world along with difficulties that the hearing impaired face. My project hopes to create a solution that tackles problems with existing solutions, namely the heavy dependence on visual cues. I hope to develop this project more by increasing the accuracy of the neural network as well as developing a more compact and wearable solution. To anyone who is looking to start a new project, work on a project you are passionate about, and success will follow.

Jacky Zhao


Augmenting Hearing Capabilities of the Deaf with Natural Language Processing
Challenge:Innovation
Category:Senior
Region:Greater Vancouver
City:Vancouver, BC
School:St George's School
Abstract:My project involved developing a portable device capable of transcribing speech into braille to augment the hearing capabilities of the deaf. The device is able to recognize speech via a speech recognition software that I built using a category of AI called machine learning. This solution solves a lot of problems with current solutions, being easy to use and completely independent of visual cues.

Awards Value
Excellence Award - Senior
Silver Medal
Sponsor: Youth Science Canada
Carleton University Entrance Award
Senior Silver Medallist - $2,000 Entrance Award
Sponsor: Carleton University
$2 000.00
Dalhousie University Faculty of Science Entrance Scholarship
Senior Silver Medallist - $2500 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Dalhousie University, Faculty of Science
$2 500.00
UBC Science (Vancouver) Entrance Award
Senior Silver Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: The University of British Columbia (Vancouver)
$2 000.00
University of Ottawa Entrance Scholarship
Senior Silver Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Ottawa
$2 000.00
Western University Scholarship
Silver Medallist - $2000 Entrance Scholarship
Sponsor: Western University
$2 000.00
Total$10 500.00