Third Sector Awards Young Leader of the Year to Riley Saban
Young Leader of the Year – presented by category sponsor Woolworths
Riley Saban is a Year 10 student at Woolgoolga High School. In his short life he has:
- Been a technology researcher for Psykinetic – a Social Business that creates inclusive and empowering technologies for people with disability.
- Starred in a documentary in 2016, called Becoming Superhuman, on the ABC’s Catalyst program.Dr Jordan Nguyen, a biomedical engineer who founded Psykinetic, used cutting-edge technology to create a buggy Riley could drive himself.
- Run regular free Assistive Technology Workshops to pass on his knowledge about eye gaze and switch options to people with disabilities.
- Co-founded Polyspine – which is a modular, wearable support system that allows people with disabilities to take part in various activities like swimming, and
- Participated in a four-month disability technology start-up program called Remarkable, alongside his dad Clint for Polyspine.
Technology, and a very strong will, allows Riley to achieve his goals. He loves the idea of creating technology and giving people like him the tools to be who they want to be.
His plan is to become an Entrepreneur when he finishes high school. His destiny is to lead people with disabilities to an inclusive society, so they can achieve all their dreams and goals successfully.