Today, I got to do several amazing things. I’ll start with the last one first. Tonight was the ISEF opening ceremonies and keynote speaker. The keynote speaker was Mike Ebeling. He’s the founder and CEO of “Not Impossible Labs” a group of inventors trying to improve the world and help people remain healthy and live good lives. He’s a great presenter and is doing amazing things for the world. Here’s a link to some of his videos:
TED Video called “The Invention that Unlocked a Locked in Artist”
“Not Impossible” website with a list of the inventions from “Not Impossible Labs”
Here’s a picture of the amazing opening ceremony
There were over 1,780 participants from 70 countries! There are thousands of judges, translators, and chaperones to make this all happen. Amazing! The only thing missing is all of the TV cameras and reporters that would be here if the top 1,700 athletes were in the room. I guarantee you that with the number of brilliant, inventive teenagers in this room, there are at least a handful of billion dollar inventions/apps/companies and at least a handful of future cured diseases in this room. Every reporter in the country should be here!
Here I am sitting with my friends from my region at the ceremony.
From front to back, there’s Andres Gonzalez, me, Hondo Gonzalez, Michael Janner, Saumya Ramadugu Keremane, Loren Newton, Connor Tom, and Jared Tramontano.
Today, I also got to tour a 3D printing lab at UC Irvine. We have a 3D printer at my school, but it is nothing like the printers that they have. Theirs are amazing. We didn’t actually get to see them print, but they did some cool things with us. They had us make a mold of our thumb and pour resin into the mold. Now, I have a 3-D model of my thumb! AWESOME! Here it is:
Maybe the coolest thing that I got to do today was to tour the Broadcom offices. Broadcom makes one of the chips on the Raspberry Pi!! When you type in the python code “GPIO.setmode(GPIO.BCM)”, the BCM stands for “Broadcom.” Eben Upton, the inventor of the Raspberry Pi works for Broadcom. To me, this was as if a baseball fan got to go in the locker room at Yankee Stadium or if a Sci Fi fan got to go on the set of Dr. Who. The only thing better would have been to go to one of the factories where they make the chips. This Broadcom building is mostly offices, but we did get to have lunch with some engineers.
Today was a day of meeting new people, seeing existing friends, bumping into D.C. Broadcom MASTERS colleagues, and touring amazing places. Today was an incredible day!!!