According to Sam Peter in a Google blog post, "For the past two years thousands of students from more than 90 countries, including some from Africa, have submitted research projects that address some of the most challenging problems we face today. Previous winners tackled issues such as the early diagnosis of breast cancer and improving the experience of listening to music for people with hearing loss. Last year, 14 year old high school students Sakhiwe Shongwe and Bonkhe Mahlalela from Swaziland made it to the finals and were the inaugural winners of the Science in Action prize with their Unique Simplified Hydroponic project aimed at reducing food shortage in Swaziland."
Key information about this year's contest is listed below:
- Students can enter the Science Fair in 13 languages.
- The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2013 at 11:59 pm PDT.
- In June, we’ll recognize 90 regional finalists (30 from the Americas, 30 from Asia Pacific and 30 from Europe/Middle East/Africa).
- Judges will then select the top 15 finalists, who will be flown to Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. for our live, final event on September 23, 2013.
- At the finals, a panel of distinguished international judges consisting of renowned scientists and tech innovators will select the top winners in each age category (13-14, 15-16, 17-18). One will be selected as the Grand Prize winner.
Google is also introducing two new prizes for 2013. In their words,
- In August, the public will have the opportunity to get to know our 15 finalists through a series of Google+ Hangouts on Air and will then vote for the Inspired Idea Award—an award selected by the public for the project with the greatest potential to change the world.
- We also recognize that behind every great student there’s often a great teacher and a supportive school, so this year we’ll award a $10,000 cash grant from Google and an exclusive Google+ Hangout with CERN to the Grand Prize winner’s school.