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Winner of the 2015 Google Science Fair; Invented a New Way to Test for the Ebola Virus

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 Olivia Hallisey Biography

As a junior at her Connecticut high school, Olivia, 17, won the 2015 Google Science Fair for inventing a new way to test for the Ebola virus. Last fall, when the swiftly spreading disease dominated the news cycle, Olivia saw a need for effective and widespread testing. “If you’re able to diagnose someone before they show symptoms, and isolate them, then they’re not contagious. That’s the best way to limit the spread,” she says. The problem with existing tests was that they were expensive to produce, not portable, and required electricity. On top of that, they all depended on being kept at a certain temperature — something hard to guarantee in countries where national health infrastructure isn’t well established.

Luckily, that’s where Olivia put her mind to work. Her winning design is portable, inexpensive (about $5 to produce in bulk compared to $1,000), temperature independent (meaning it doesn’t require constant refrigeration), and visual. She likes to say it’s "sort of like a pregnancy test for Ebola," which is easier for people to read. And even though Ebola isn't on the tip of everyone's tongue anymore, Olivia's invention can be applied further than the disease it was originally intended for. Her diagnostic could also be used for Zika, Lyme disease, and even slightly less scary (but no less affecting) illnesses like Celiac's — which Olivia herself has.

After taking home the top prize from Google, Olivia's had the chance to do a few things most teenagers can only dream about. Her win earned her an invite to the annual Bal des Debutantes in Paris (her first trip to the City of Lights), where she wore a light blue, feathered, Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown. She also appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and was named one of Time magazine's 30 most influential teens. But those didn't top the list. "I think the coolest thing I've done was meet President Obama," she says, of her visit to the White House Science Fair. "That was amazing." And when she's not meeting world leaders, it's equally important to her to spend time with the little people — literally. "I was able to speak at a preschool in my town," Olivia says. "I really like talking to kids and seeing how inspired they are and I’m so inspired by them from hearing about their ideas. I think it’s really fun when you go into these STEM classes that start really young; they don’t really understand all the roadblocks that adults see, they just see a problem and think of the simplest solution and I think they’re all genius.”

Her busy post-Science Fair schedule doesn’t mean she’s given up on her other activities though. Olivia’s also a competitive swimmer, which she partially credits with her success. “I think that swimming makes me so time efficient,” she says. “I don’t think I would do this without swimming.” She credits being able to push herself physically in the pool as what makes her so set to push herself mentally outside of it. Clearly it’s paying off. She also spends some of her precious free time (we’re honestly not sure how she has any) volunteering with a nonprofit organization that provides clinical care and research funding for women’s reproductive and maternal health.

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Olivia Hallisey

Winner of the 2015 Google Science Fair; Invented a New Way to Test for the Ebola Virus

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Olivia Hallisey Biography

As a junior at her Connecticut high school, Olivia, 17, won the 2015 Google Science Fair for inventing a new way to test for the Ebola virus. Last fall, when the swiftly spreading disease dominated the news cycle, Olivia saw a need for effective and widespread testing. “If you’re able to diagnose someone before they show symptoms, and isolate them, then they’re not contagious. That’s the best way to limit the spread,” she says. The problem with existing tests was that they were expensive to produce, not portable, and required electricity. On top of that, they all depended on being kept at a certain temperature — something hard to guarantee in countries where national health infrastructure isn’t well established.

Luckily, that’s where Olivia put her mind to work. Her winning design is portable, inexpensive (about $5 to produce in bulk compared to $1,000), temperature independent (meaning it doesn’t require constant refrigeration), and visual. She likes to say it’s "sort of like a pregnancy test for Ebola," which is easier for people to read. And even though Ebola isn't on the tip of everyone's tongue anymore, Olivia's invention can be applied further than the disease it was originally intended for. Her diagnostic could also be used for Zika, Lyme disease, and even slightly less scary (but no less affecting) illnesses like Celiac's — which Olivia herself has.

After taking home the top prize from Google, Olivia's had the chance to do a few things most teenagers can only dream about. Her win earned her an invite to the annual Bal des Debutantes in Paris (her first trip to the City of Lights), where she wore a light blue, feathered, Giambattista Valli Haute Couture gown. She also appeared on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert and was named one of Time magazine's 30 most influential teens. But those didn't top the list. "I think the coolest thing I've done was meet President Obama," she says, of her visit to the White House Science Fair. "That was amazing." And when she's not meeting world leaders, it's equally important to her to spend time with the little people — literally. "I was able to speak at a preschool in my town," Olivia says. "I really like talking to kids and seeing how inspired they are and I’m so inspired by them from hearing about their ideas. I think it’s really fun when you go into these STEM classes that start really young; they don’t really understand all the roadblocks that adults see, they just see a problem and think of the simplest solution and I think they’re all genius.”

Her busy post-Science Fair schedule doesn’t mean she’s given up on her other activities though. Olivia’s also a competitive swimmer, which she partially credits with her success. “I think that swimming makes me so time efficient,” she says. “I don’t think I would do this without swimming.” She credits being able to push herself physically in the pool as what makes her so set to push herself mentally outside of it. Clearly it’s paying off. She also spends some of her precious free time (we’re honestly not sure how she has any) volunteering with a nonprofit organization that provides clinical care and research funding for women’s reproductive and maternal health.

Olivia Hallisey Videos

  • A low-cost, reliable test for Ebola (from a 16-year-old) | Olivia Hallisey
    At just 16, Olivia Hallisey created an affordable, temperature-independent, portable and rapid visual test for Ebola. In this important talk, she...
  • Grand Prize Winner - Olivia Hallisey - Google Science Fair 2015
    Meet Olivia Hallisey, 2015's Grand Prize Winner. Determined to do something to help stop the spread of ebola, Olivia wanted to find a faster ...
  • Olivia Hallisey, Google Science Fair Winner, Blows Stephen's Mind
    17-year-old Olivia Hallisey invented a new way to test for Ebola. What did you do ?

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  • How much does it cost to book Olivia Hallisey?

    Booking fees for Olivia Hallisey, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Olivia Hallisey, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Olivia Hallisey?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Olivia Hallisey for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Olivia Hallisey for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Olivia Hallisey or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Olivia Hallisey or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Olivia Hallisey is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Olivia Hallisey for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Olivia Hallisey generally travels from Greenwich, CT, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Shree Bose, Jack Andraka, Dr. Shini Somara, Danielle Feinberg and Aprille Ericsson. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Olivia Hallisey for an upcoming event.

Olivia Hallisey Speaker Videos

  • A low-cost, reliable test for Ebola (from a 16-year-old) | Olivia Hallisey
    At just 16, Olivia Hallisey created an affordable, temperature-independent, portable and rapid visual test for Ebola. In this important talk, she discusses the vital need for asymptomatic diagnostic...
    Grand Prize Winner - Olivia Hallisey - Google Science Fair 2015
    Meet Olivia Hallisey, 2015's Grand Prize Winner. Determined to do something to help stop the spread of ebola, Olivia wanted to find a faster ...
  • Olivia Hallisey, Google Science Fair Winner, Blows Stephen's Mind
    17-year-old Olivia Hallisey invented a new way to test for Ebola. What did you do ?
    A rapid test for Ebola | Olivia Hallisey
    Meet Olivia Hallisey, finalist in Google Science Fair 2015. A low-cost, temperature independent, rapid test for Ebola. Small amounts of water are ...

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