SixFeetApart: Addressing Social Distancing During the COVID-19 Pandemic
News Coverage on ABC27
Problem: There is no way to track and enforce adequate social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Manual estimation of the CDC's guidelines of a 6-foot distance can lead to accidental virus transmission.
Solution: SixFeetApart is a social distancing device that uses microcontrollers and ultrasonic technology to alert users when approaching people cross the 6-foot detection range, guiding social distancing according to the CDC's guidelines of a 6-foot distance.
This device aims to prevent accidental virus transmission due to a mismanaged social distance with asymptomatic virus carriers.
SixFeetApart's goal is to be part of the solution in slowing the spread of COVID-19 across the world.
Meet the Inventor: Neha Shukla
Neha Shukla is a 16-year old innovator and social entrepreneur passionate about leveraging science and technology to create social change. She is a sophomore at Cumberland Valley High School in Pennsylvania. Working to solve real-world problems using STEM, she invented SixFeetApart - a wearable social-distancing device to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. She loves sharing her innovation journey to inspire students globally to tackle the world’s greatest problems through creativity and innovation.
TEDx Talk on the SixFeetApart and the Value of Innovation @ TEDxAtlanta
Global Teen Leader 2021 @ We Are Family Foundation
Selected as one of 40 Global Teen Leaders from around the world by the Three Dot Dash global youth initiative of the We Are Family Foundation. Recognized for my innovations solving problems with COVID-19, mobility loss in the elderly, and healthcare, as well as running global innovation sessions to inspire the next generation of problem-solvers.
Founded by Grammy Award winning musician, Nile Rodgers, We Are Family Foundation (WAFF) is a non-profit organization that's dedicated to the vision of a global family by creating and supporting programs that promote cultural diversity while nurturing the vision, talents, and ideas of young people who are positively changing the world. Through global initiatives like Three Dot Dash and TEDxTeen, WAFF has mentored and empowered extraordinary teens from more than 60 countries on six continents by giving them platforms to share their messages, tell their stories, inspire others, amplify their work and foster respect and understanding across cultures.
Coverage on ABC27 News
- Neha Shukla interviewed
- Story aired on July 22, 2020
- Reported by Michella Drapac
- Interviewed with Jennifer Openshaw, the CEO of Girls With Impact
Featured on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange
Shown on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange's MarketSite screen on July 24, 2020
Featured on New York Times: Wealth Matters Column
- Article written by Paul Sullivan and photography by Marcus Smith
- Print article ran on August 15, 2020
- Featured on web article and in print newspaper
- Click here to view article
Keynote Speaker at the Youth STEM Summit for the UN
- Keynote speech on the power of youth to innovate and solve the world's greatest problems
- Addressing the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals
- Live speech on November 1, 2020
Podcast Interview on Fresh Leaf Forever Podcast - June 2021
"Neha Shukla is a teen innovator, Diana Award recipient, teen scientist, who leverages her passion for science and technology to solve real world problems and create positive change in global communities. The Diana Award honors young people who work to improve the lives of others and is the most prestigious accolade a young person between the ages of 9 and 25 can receive for their social action/humanitarian work. In this episode on the podcast, Neha and I talk about how youth can succeed in turning their ideas into productive ventures or be able to get closer to finding the right path for them to achieve their vision."