Mechanical Engineering Student Wins GIC

Andrea PalmerMechanical Engineering student Andrea Palmer has won the Global Impact Competition (GIC) with “Reveal,” a wearable device to track anxiety in real-time for children with autism.

Co-founded with other UBC students Kristoffer Vik Hansen (Integrated Engineering), Paul Fijal (Mechanical Engineering), Diou Cao (Finance and Accounting), Maricel Saenz (Finance) and Logan Graham (Economics), Reveal picks up on physiological signals related to anxiety and sends a notification to parents or caregivers on their smartphone, so they can intervene to prevent a meltdown.

Reveal has won Andrea a spot in Singularity University’s Graduate Studies program, which accepts only 80 students worldwide each year. Last year, Applied Science instructor Tamara Etmannski was the first person ever to win the Canadian GIC.

See Andrea’s pitch here (at 46:00):

Read more about Reveal and the competition here:

Read more about Reveal from CBC here: