Eesha Khare [ee-shah koo-ha-ray]
A self-professed ‘typical teenager’, 18-year-old Eesha Khare was away from home with a dead cell phone when she came up with her futuristic invention, which allows cell phones to be fully charged in less than 30 seconds. Having been fascinated by inventive science her whole life, Khare used the opportunity to develop a supercapacitor. The energy storage device holds a great amount of energy in a small amount of space, meaning that people wouldn’t have to rely on electrical outlets. Not only could the device charge phones, but hypothetically it could be scaled up to charge electric cars as well. Khare submitted her invention to the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award and came in as runner up, winning $50,000. Impressively, her design caught the attention of big corporations including Intel and Google.