South Side student is Intel semifinalist

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His latest program, the one that was submitted to Intel, is a web-based application. “It’s a customized computer program to help patients with brain injury regain their memory and try to live more independently, regardless of whether or not they’re still in a hospital,” he said. “They can bring the program home, and if they live on their own, they’ll be able to use the program as reminders. Whatever they need, it can be customized for every patient.”

Because it’s a web-based program, the patient’s family can have access to it as well. They can input things like the patient’s likes and dislikes, their medication, and even create reminders for the patient to help them with day-to-day tasks.

“People, for example, suffering from Alzheimer’s, the program would allow the family to log in remotely and set up reminders: take your medicine, get dressed, take out the dog,” Giovanniello said. “These common things that people do every day, people suffering from Alzheimer’s would be able to get back on that normal track again.”

Giovanniello wants to continue his computer work in college. “There’s a specific major that the colleges I applied to have,” he said. “It’s called Computer Information Systems. It combines computer science and IT with business and entrepreneurship.”

Later this month, Intel will announce the finalists in the competition, narrowing the field down to just 40 projects. Those 40 will travel to Washington, D.C. in March to compete for a top prize of $100,000.

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