Innovation Hub

Catching Up With Young Mass. Innovators

By Kara Miller

We meet two of the state's most promising high-school students; and hear from a young Boston entrepreneur on his decision to decamp for San Francisco.

Young Science Talent, in our Backyard

Recently, the Intel Corporation handed out over $600,000 to America's top math and science students.
Intel competition finalists Xiaoyu He of Acton-Boxboro Regional High School and David Ding of Phillips Academy Andover.

The Intel Science Talent Search, which used to be sponsored by Westinghouse, started 60 years ago and has grown to be incredibly competitive, with winners going on to get MacArthur Genius Grants, National Medals of Science and Nobel Prizes. The 2012 search had almost 2,000 applicants, but just over 2 percent — forty students — were accepted, and headed to Washington, D.C. to meet President Obama earlier this month.

Two of those students hail from Massachusetts High Schools. Xiaoyu He is from Acton-Boxbrough, and David Ding is from Phillips Academy in Andover. Ding ultimately captured fourth place in the competition, winning $40,000.

We spoke with the two just as they were wrapping up their trip to Washington, D.C., but before the ceremony took place.

Departing Boston for San Francisco

Jason Evanish (via Twitter).

We're visited by a friend of the show, Jason Evanish. He started Greenhorn Connect, a website that connects Boston's entrepreneurs. Fast Company magazine has called him a "networking king"  of Boston. But earlier this month, Evanish, like many entrepreneurs before him, left Boston for San Francisco, where he is taking a position as a product manager for KISSmetrics.

Evanish stopped by our studios before his departure to talk about his decision, the competition for talen between Boston and San Francisco and the choices that young entrepreneurs face in today's marketplace.


About Innovation Hub

Each week, Kara Miller talks to Boston's most innovative thinkers, examining new ideas and potential solutions to today’s many challenges. Topics range from education to health care to green energy. Join us on Saturdays at 7 a.m. and Sundays at 10 p.m.

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As a radio host, Kara Miller has interviewed thinkers from E.J. Dionne to Howard Gardner, Deepak Chopra to Lani Guinier. She is a panelist on WGBH-TV's "Beat the Press," as well as an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Her writing has appeared in The Boston Globe, The National Journal, The Boston Herald, Boston Magazine, and The International Herald Tribune.

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