Macinley Butson, a 17 year old inventor from Wollongong NSW, in 2016 became the first ever Australian to win 1st place in the world at the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair in its 68 year history when she was only just 16 years of age. The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) is the largest pre-college scientific research event in the world, and is considered the Olympics for science.
Over the past 6 years, she has become an inspirational role model for young Australians, empowering them to achieve greatness by working in the field of science and engineering and showing others how they can create and give back to the community.
Using the past to change the future
Macinley is a rare breath of fresh air and has a natural talent for connecting with the audience. An engaging storyteller with an innate ability to read the room and inspire important ideas that lead to necessary conversations and considerations for our future. The entire room were blown away by Macinley's clarity, wisdom, intelligence and achievements. I hope to have another opportunity to work together soon.
Pia Andersen - Deputy Head of Partnerships TEDxSydney
It has been my great pleasure to work with Macinley in publicising the new HSC Science Extension course. She was a wonderful person to have in front of the camera; her confident, independent and friendly manner is an asset to her. Macinley has been awarded NSW Young Australian of the Year 2018 in celebration of her ongoing achievements in Science and Technology. These achievements have spanned more than a decade and I have witnessed Macinley receive many awards for her efforts. Macinley has a long career ahead of her not only in scientific work but also as an ambassador and role model for women in STEM. I wish her the very best in the future.