Jack Andraka

Teen Inventor, Citizen Scientist, STEM Advocate, and Cancer Researcher

Speaker Fee Range: $20,000 - $50,000 USD

Travels From: USA

Jack Andraka is available for virtual keynotes and webinars. Please complete the form or contact one of our agents to inquire about the fees for virtual engagements. Please note: the fee range listed above is for in-person engagements.

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    Jack Andraka

    Teen Inventor, Citizen Scientist, STEM Advocate, and Cancer Researcher

    Speaker Fee Range: $20,000 - $50,000 USD

    Travels From: USA

    Jack Andraka is available for virtual keynotes and webinars. Please complete the form or contact one of our agents to inquire about the fees for virtual engagements. Please note: the fee range listed above is for in-person engagements.

    Jack Andraka Speaker Biography

    Jack Andraka was just a fifteen year old Maryland high school sophomore when he invented an inexpensive early detection test for pancreatic, ovarian, and lung cancers. After a close family friend died of pancreatic cancer, Andraka (then a ninth grader) became interested in finding a better early-detection diagnostic test. He learned that the lack of a rapid, low-cost early screening method contributed to the poor survival rate among individuals with pancreatic cancer. After thinking further about the problem, he came up with a plan and a budget to put his ideas in motion.

    Still a teenager, Andraka’s groundbreaking results have earned him international recognition, most notably a 2014 Jefferson Award, the nation’s most prestigious public service award, 1st place winner in the 2014 Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge, a 2014 National Geographic Explorer grant, the 2012 Intel ISEF Gordon Moore Award, the 2012 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Youth Award, Advocate Magazine’s 40 under 40 award, and he’s also the 2014 State of Maryland winner of the Stockholm Water Prize.

    In addition, Andraka was First Lady Michelle Obama’s personal guest at the 2013 State of the Union Address. He speaks to audiences of youths and adults all across the globe about his personal story, research, and his ideas for STEM education reform. He has been featured in several documentaries including Morgan Spurlock’s Sundance Film Festival entry, “You Don’t Know Jack,” Linda Peters’ award winning film, “Just Jack,” Ken Burns’ upcoming documentary about cancer, as well as 60 Minutes, The Colbert Report, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer, CNN, BBC, Fox, Rede Record de Televisão, and radio, newspaper, and magazine articles around the world.

    Andraka speaks at a wide variety of locations including universities, schools, technology organizations and corporations, hospitals and the education sector. His audiences range from youth—children and teens through to adults in the science and technology fields. He is also a best-selling author, having published a book about his story titled: Breakthrough: How One Teen Innovator Is Changing the World.

    Andraka is a student at Stanford University, Class of 2019. He is a member of the National Junior Wildwater Kayak team, a Life Scout and has won numerous awards in national and international math competitions.

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    Jack Andraka Keynote Topics

    Jack Andraka's story is really motivational and inspiring. Saddened after the death of a personal friend due to pancreatic cancer that was not detected in time, young Jack began to read everything he could about that cancer to find a cure to it. He quickly realized that the problem of the high death rate of this cancer was the late detection because the test methods were very expensive. The challenge was clear: he had to find a low-cost method to quickly detect them. And he did it, because Jack is not like other teenagers, Jack has a passion that is only surpassed by his hard work. In this speech, Jack will tell your audience his story, which has earned him awards and recognitions from around the world for his important discoveries.

    When Jack Andraka began his research in the search for methods of a low-cost early detection test for pancreatic cancer, he encountered a major obstacle. Many of the science articles and publications he wanted to read were behind a paywall. Jack believes that in today's world, free or at least less expensive access should be offered so that other innovative young people like him can come up with solutions to global problems. In this speech, in addition to telling his amazing story, Jack will emphasize that aspect and give his vision on free access to quality information.

    In this conference, Jack Andraka will talk about the importance of education in achieving innovation. If Jack didn't have parents who instilled in him the great value of education, and some teachers who encouraged him to fight for his dreams of finding a low-cost pancreatic cancer screening method, he would never have succeeded. In this motivational conference, Jack will tell his story and talk about just how important quality education is for young entrepreneurs to become innovators.

    Jack Andraka Speaking Videos

    Jack Andraka – How I Discovered A Test For Pancreatic Cancer
    17-Year-Old Cancer Researcher Already Making an Impact