Who are the most brilliant kids in the world?
How much would the world benefit if we could find out, and get those kids training from the best educators on the on the planet?
Those are the question that Brilliant, a startup in Palo Alto, California, wants to find answers to.
Brilliant CEO Sue Khim's belief is that policy-makers are only concerned with the bottom 20% of students around the world, and that the top 10% are "being ignored."
Khim says her company's mission is to find "underserved" geniuses around the world, and help provide them with an education by introducing to top educators and educational institutions.
Brilliant is finding these kids with a website, Brilliant.org, where anyone can go and answer progressively more difficult math and science questions in weekly olympiad-style challenges.
So far, 70,000 people from 155 countries have taken part in Brilliant.org'stests.
Already, some incredible people have come to light.
We asked Brilliant.org to identify the 10 smartest kids it has ever encountered. Khim and her colleagues Bradan Litzinger and Molly Turner found nine, and included one more discovered through other channels. Brilliant then reached out to the parents of these children and got their permission to tell their stories.
Tadewos Abiye Getachew lives in Bole, a sub-city just outside of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
17-year-old Getachew and his teammates recently placed 1st in his sub-city’s science fair for developing Cognitosoft, a software program that aims to introduce students in rural Ethiopia to computer science, physics, and mathematics in local Ethiopian languages.
Getachew and his teammates have partnered with sponsors to assist in the free distribution of Cognitosoft to rural communities.
Getachew scored in the 99th percentile of Ethiopia’s National Examination and placed 1st in the Gibson School Systems World Maths Day competition.
Getachew plans to pursue a degree and a career in computer science and mathematics.
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