At 11 years old, Param Jaggi created something that could literally change the world. His was a simple and yet astonishing idea. Most of the good ones are. While stuck in a traffic jam one day, he saw horrible black emissions coming out of the exhaust pipe. In a flash of brilliance, he thought, why not tackle pollution that leads to global warming at its very source? He knew that what the car was spewing out contained carbon dioxide. What living thing uses carbon dioxide? Plants! Also, algae is a plant that grows really, really quickly, and is an excellent absorber of carbon dioxide for photosynthesis. So he created the Eco Tube, which fits directly onto the exhaust pipe of a car. It has plates of algae in it that absorb the carbon dioxide and then voila! sends out oxygen! What a green and clean machine! With well over a billion cars on the road, the impact that a device like this could make is unimaginable.
Param did not stop with his one big idea though. Param started his own company, Ecoviate, ‘to create products that encourage sustainable living.’ They say that they plant a tree for every app downloaded or item bought from them.
- He is also CEO of HATCH, which is his new platform to create apps without coding to drive business.
- He has designed EnergyLotus, a website that finds better energy options for you in your area (only in a few states of the US at the moment). You type in what kind of house you live in and which state you are in, and the website shows you all the greener options available for you locally. So great and so easy!
- He also works with Endesa, a leading energy company in Spain.
- For fun, he created the 2016 Election Game, a card game, during the 2016 Presidential elections in America.
So where is the Eco Tube now? It is currently in development.
Prizes and accolades for Param: All these amazing ideas and his work have definitely not gone unnoticed. Param Jaggi has been on Forbes ‘30 under 30’ twice. He has been profiled on CNN’s ‘Next List’. He was a nominee for Dallas Morning News “Texan of the Year”. He has won the Jefferson Award for Public Service, the EPA Patrick H. Hurd Award for Sustainability, Ashoka “Banking on Youth” Regional Winner & National Finalist and the 1st Grand Prize TJAS (Texas Junior Academy of Science), among other prizes. He also has 6 Fellowships. He is 23 years old. It seems a very very bright future is ahead.
Written by: Pereena Lamba. Pereena is a freelance writer, editor and creative consultant . She is also co-author of Totally Mumbai.