The AAT Project
Global Youth Ambassador

Alex Deans

Age: 22

The iAid that helps visually impaired people move easily through life.

Alex is a 22-year-old serial inventor, artist, and public speaker. He was appointed as the Queen’s Young Leader by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in June 2017.

At age 12, his chance encounter with a visually impaired woman inspired him to develop the iAid, a novel navigation device for the blind. His work on the iAid has taken him from visually impaired communities to winning second place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. The Organization of American States named the iAid one of the "Top 50 Ideas Worldwide for Technology in Health, Energy, and Medicine". A minor planet was named after Alex by MIT's Lincoln Laboratory, with iAid exhibiting at the Ontario Science Centre.

He is a highly sought-after speaker and media presence. Alex spoke on the national tour of WE Day to over 160,000 youth about the importance of creativity in stadium-sized venues. He has shared stages with world-renowned activists including Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan, Demi Lovato, Nick Jonas, Magic Johnson, Katie Couric, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Alex was recognised as one of “Canada’s Future Leaders under 25” by Maclean’s magazine, and is a face of Mead/Five Star’s 2017 digital campaign around creativity in healthcare.

Alex’s latest project has him teaming up with McCann Erickson (the team behind #FearlessGirl) and GM/Chevrolet to create a new technology to stop teens from texting and driving. The technology debuted at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France.

He harnesses his talents outside of science to tackle problems in unconventional ways. In his spare time, Alex is an avid artist who was first inspired after painting a portrait (below) of Steve McCurry’s Afghan Girl. Alex competed for Team Canada in the 2011 International Children’s Winter Games in Grand Slalom and Ski Cross.

Featured by CBS, CBC, The Huffington Post, The Globe and Mail, Maclean's, CTV Canada AM, etc.

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