Chile, Brazil, Argentina thrive in Intel Challenge Latin America

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

US chip manufacturer Intel (NYSE: INTC) has chosen the three winning teams in the third edition of its technological entrepreneurship competition Intel Challenge Latin America, the company said in a statement.

Of the 16 projects in the competition's regional stage, Chilean initiative Lifeware Integra won first place, while Brazil's Ceelbio and Argentina's Bife came in second and third, respectively.

The winning projects in this year's edition presented initiatives that use technology to meet specific human needs.

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The first place winner, Lifeware Integra, offers software that allows people with physical or motor disabilities to use a computer.

In second place, Ceelbio Tecnologia em Cerâmicas has developed biomaterial for the healthcare and dental markets that acts as a synthetic substitute for bone grafting.

And in third, Bife has developed a personal supercomputer designed to run simulations of intensive calculation used in science, finance and medicine.

The winning projects will receive cash prizes and also have the opportunity to represent Latin America in the Intel Global Challenge at UC Berkeley 2011, the competition's final stage, to be held in California on November 7-10.

The winner of the global competition will receive a prize of US$25,000.