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SPAIN: Science, technology projects honored

Zaragoza, Spain 37th gala award ceremony for the Don Bosco National Prize

Salesian missionaries hold 37th Don Bosco National Prize to showcase talent


(MissionNewswire) Salesians in Zaragoza, Spain, held the 37th gala award ceremony for the Don Bosco National Prize, which highlights the talents of those mastering science and technology. The event, held on March 21, has evolved to also showcase a pool of talent and projects that are sought after by an increasing number of companies and organizations.

Two artificial intelligence (AI) projects stood out — a mathematical tool for the expression of genes based on AI and an autonomous driving system based on AI. Other award-winning projects included the “Pigeon Express” alarms to prevent threats in municipalities, the “Nebula Lite” augmented reality glasses, the “Your well-being in your hands” mental health monitoring application and the “Keeping your pH at bay” research project.

During the two days of exhibition, participants showcased 39 projects for visitors and members of the jury who were industry professionals and representatives of the business world.

Father Merche López, principal of the Salesian School in Zaragoza, said, “This competition embodies the fundamental values of innovation, creativity and commitment that characterize our Salesian institution. We greatly appreciate the participation of these young people and their projects, which reflect their dedication, effort and desire to contribute to a better world. These projects show a high level of excellence and originality and open a path toward a more promising and supportive future.”

During the gala, Salesians also awarded La Caixa banking group a commitment award for its ongoing support of the Don Bosco National Award. On behalf of the institution, Dr. Jorge García received the award and gave the institutional address. The keynote speaker for the night was José Luis Latorre who spoke on the theme “The ingredients of people who will succeed in the 21st century.”

The gala was attended by leaders in economics, education and the Salesian Congregation as well as Luis Mallada, director general of planning, centers and vocational training. Marta Fernández, president of the Parliament of the Autonomous Community of Aragon and Father Juan Bosco, director of the Don Bosco National Prize, were also in attendance.

Salesian missionaries in Spain provide primary and secondary education as well as vocational and technical school to ensure youth acquire employment skills for the future. Salesians also work to meet the basic needs of those in poverty and offer workforce development opportunities to ensure an easier school-to-work transition.

Close to 32% of young Spanish workers under the age of 25 are unemployed and a growing number of them can’t afford to buy enough food to live. Poor youth with few employable skills struggle the most to find and retain stable employment. Women in Spain face inequality in the workforce. They earn up to 14% less than men and represent only 34.5% of those listed as the highest earners in Spain.



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