Ashton Cofer – Keynote Speaker

Young Inventor who is Tackling some of Society's Biggest Issues

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Specialist Subjects

  • Social responsibility
  • Science and technology
  • Tackling some of the world's biggest problems


  • English


Ashton Cofer is a 17-year-old inventor with several patents pending, including a glove to reduce hand tremors, a device to detect drowsy driving, and a method to convert polystyrene foam waste into activated carbon for purifying water. He and his teammates won the 2016 Google Science Fair’s Scientific American Innovator Award for this latest invention that addresses the global environmental problem of Styrofoam waste accumulation in our landfills and oceans.

Cofer has a passion for science and technology, has exhibited at the White House Science Fair, and gave an inspirational TED talk about perseverance that was published by ATTN: and received over 47 million views.

In addition to inventing, Ashton Cofer competed in FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics, in which his team won the 2016 FLL World Championship, and he continues to teach robotics workshops to local area youth in his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

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