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Eminent And Award–Winning Young Hungarian Competitors At International Science Fair In The USA

By Robert Velkey // 2016.05.27.

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), a program of the Society for Science & the Public (SSP), is the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. Approximately 1,700 high school students from more than 75 countries, regions, and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for approximately $4 million in prizes.


This year, it was the first time in history that Hungary could send two competitors to the Intel ISEF in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. Karola Bálint exhibited her own shopping application called ShopMap at the Fair. The 18-year-old Szilvia Király participated with her research about reproducing blood vessels from stem cells.


Karola’s ShopMap mobile application to make shopping easier won the $5000 Award for the outstanding project in the systems software category. The young Hungarian programmer started to work with programming when she was 12 years old. She said she learned the language of C++ and  Java from videos and forms. Her idea to write the app based on that she can’t stand when she doesn’t find something in the shop. The app helps the customers to conscious shopping with a map about their shopping list.


Although the ShopMap is not available  on the list of Google apps yet because it was written for a fictional shop,  Karola would like to strike up contracts with the bigger supermarkets after the Fair.