Petros Psyllos, our student from the Faculty of Computer Science, was listed in the top list of European technological innovators under 30 years of age. The 30 Under 30 ranking has been published by the American magazine Forbes for the sixth time.
The list recognises people who – although they have not turned 30 yet – are already highly successful and outstanding among their peers, and whose work and ideas are changing the world for better. The European list 30 Under 30 includes 300 names in total and is divided into 10 categories: Entertainment, Finance, Industry, Media, Policy, Retail and Ecommerce, Science and Healthcare, Social Entrepreneurs, Sports and Tech, and Arts. This year the list included as many as 6 people from Poland (Petros Psyllos, 22, Paul Malicki, 29, Edyta Kocyk, 27, Anna Frankowska, 26, Justyna Barys, 26, and Mateusz Mach, 19) – 4 in the Tech category, 1 in the category of Industry, and 1 in the category of Social Entrepreneurs.
Petros Psyllos is a talented young inventor, appreciated and recognised in Poland and abroad. This is what he says about himself: ‘I create devices that are intended to serve other people.’ His newest invention, the MATIA system, is a mobile device for people with blindness and visual impairment, assisting them in spatial orientation, recognising objects and obstacles, reading, detecting potentially dangerous objects and situations, using phones in public places, and also calling for help. Last year, MATIA was awarded during innovation fairs in France and the USA. Petros Psyllos also represented Bialystok University of Technology and Poland in the world finals of the prestigious competition organised by the Microsoft company – Imagine Cup. He receives a scholarship from the ‘Diamond Discoverers’ association initiated by Bialystok University of Technology. In March 2016, Petros Psyllos was a laureate of the ‘Best of the Best’ competition of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, and in June he was the best in the Polish edition of the ‘Innovator Under 35’ recognition bestowed by the MIT Technology Review magazine.