On October 28, 2014, the world’s top watch brand Rolex held the 2014 Rolex Awards for Enterprise media meeting at Rolex World on the Bund. Two young talents who won the Rolex Award for Talents this year were Francesco Sauro from Italy and Olivier Nsengimana from Rwanda, and Professor Lu Zhi, a Chinese conservation biologist and giant panda expert, who was one of the judges of this jury, shared their creation project and their experience in participating in the Rolex Award for Talent. Rolex hopes that through this media meeting, people with lofty ideals from the country will be able to attract more attention and dedication to participate in the 2016 Rolex Talent Awards, benefit the society with the spirit of personal creation and innovation, and benefit the world.
The Rolex Awards for Talent and Talents began in 1976 to encourage those who have the courage and determination to meet the challenge of improving human life or protecting the world’s natural and cultural heritage. In 2009, Rolex decided to cultivate the next generation of leaders, adding awards to young talents and awarding them to young people who showed their talents in innovative projects. Candidates can apply for awards in five major areas: science and medicine, applied technology, discovery, environmental protection and cultural heritage. Since the creation of the Rolex Award for Talent and Talent, 30,500 applicants from 190 countries have submitted projects for creation, of which 130 outstanding individuals and young talents have been recognized. Prior to 2014, 122 experts were judges of this award.
On the day of the media meeting, two young talents from Rwanda and Italy introduced and shared their respective creation plans. Olivier Sinkivena, 30, has started a series of conservation efforts in Rwanda to save the endangered Grey Crowned Crane. First, he set up a national database of gray-crowned cranes to properly record all captured gray-crowned cranes. He lobbied within the country to convince the elite to release the cranes and birds they raised. Hinchina launched a national media campaign to teach people how to make a living without threatening endangered species. In the end, he hopes to train the younger generation to become conservationists, thereby preserving Rwanda’s biodiversity.
Francesco Choro, 29, plans to explore ancient quartzite caves in the flat-topped mountains of South America. From 2014 to 2017, Sauro plans to conduct four expeditions in Pingdingshan, the easternmost part of the Amazon region. This reconnaissance mission will help them find cave entrances, evaluate the possibility of caves and scientific research, and study logistics difficulties. In addition, his team will be responsible for surveying caves, collecting geological and geobiological data, analyzing cave types, hydrochemistry, and rock weathering, and looking for new or rare minerals and organisms.
Professor Lu Zhi, a Chinese conservation biologist from China, joined together to hold this media meeting. Mr. Lu, who is one of the judges of the Rolex Talent Awards, said, ‘The Rolex Talent Awards is designed to support outstanding people who are innovative and unconvinced, and to use their creation plans to expand human knowledge. To promote common well-being. I encourage more people of insight from different fields in China to sign up for this award, and then drive the common development and progress of their research fields and the entire human race. ‘
Earlier, Rolex’s premier scientific research organization, the Royal Society, announced the list of winners of the 2014 Rolex Awards. Winners of this year’s Young Talent Program under 30 are from Africa, India, Europe and the Middle East. They all have outstanding leadership qualities, and rely on ingenious and innovative solutions to promote the well-being of the community with technology, improve the environment, and at the same time promote scientific knowledge. These five young talents were selected by a Rolex jury of eight outstanding experts from 1,800 applicants around the world, and each young talent will receive a prize of 50,000 Swiss francs to achieve their ambitions.
The five winners are:
Neeti Kailas, 29, India-Aims to promote screening of hearing impairments in newborns with inexpensive and easy-to-use devices, and to establish a network of health care professionals in India to diagnose or treat deafness.
Olivier Nsengimana, 30, Rwanda-Promotes conservation of endangered grey crowned cranes and encourages release of hunted grey crowned cranes. The grey-crowned crane is a symbol of wealth and longevity in Rwanda. It is often captured as a pet because of its beautiful appearance.
Francesco Sauro, 29, Italy – Explore the legendary Pingdingshan cave clusters in the legendary South American mountains at the border between Venezuela and Brazil, discovering this millennium formed by the world’s isolated environment Unique world.
Arthur Zang, 26, Cameroon-Invented Africa’s first medical tablet, allowing medical staff in rural areas to access the results of heart disease tests via a mobile phone and send them to a cardiologist for diagnosis.
Hosam Zowawi, 29, Saudi Arabia-A fast test method is being developed to detect whether bacteria are resistant to antibiotics. Bacterial resistance to antibiotics is currently posing a serious threat to human health worldwide. He also plans a public awareness campaign across the region to warn against misuse and abuse of antibiotics.
Rebecca Irvin, Rolex’s director of philanthropy, said: ‘This year has a record number of young applicants. We are proud to announce the list of winners and strongly support these young talents to advance inspiring work. The five young talents and the plans they proposed clearly demonstrated their strong founding spirit and leadership skills. What impressed the jury most this year was the pragmatic style of each of these plans. Question. They are undoubtedly role models for the world, and Rolex is happy to tell their story to the world. ‘
Rolex Award for Talent
In 1976, in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Rolex Oyster Precision Chronometer, the brand began to hold a magnificent award to pay tribute to this world’s first waterproof watch and the symbol of innovation. The establishment of the Magnificent Talent Award supports this innovative spirit. This award aims to encourage creative people from all over the world to use their talents and enterprising spirit to change the world in the five major areas of science and medicine, applied technology, environmental protection, discovery and cultural heritage.
In 2010, the first Youth Talent Awards honored creative and visionary award-winning young talents and helped them at a critical juncture in their careers. In addition to bonuses, each young talent can use international media campaigns to promote their plans, join a network of past winners and judges, and receive a Rolex watch.