WEEK #0 – First Impressions & Opening Ceremony!

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Imagine being in a room surrounded by 80 bright innovators from 45 different countries, multiple backgrounds, so many different life stories, but with one goal in common: Make the world a better place for at least a billion people! YES, this is where I am. The only classroom where students fight for the first row!


Upon registration, we were given a goodie backpack! Which included regular items such as a notebook, a book, a water bottle and Austronaut Icecream! Normal stuff… 😉

Later, interesting things happened during orientation, while we were getting to know everyone including faculty, we had a staff member just stroll inside the classroom in the “beam”….who needs facetime anymore?

Then, we toured the NASA Research Park campus where some other interesting things are taking place, such as an abandoned Mc Donald’s retrofitted into a lab that captures old satellites for NASA…. Yes.. You read that correctly!

OPENING CEREMONY

On Monday June 15th, we had the chance to spend the whole day listening and asking questions to the Founders of Singularity University, Peter Diamandis and Ray Kurzweil. It’s impossible to share all the amazing things they talked about, but follow me on twitter as I try to fit some of these amazing ideas into 140 characters!

Later in the evening, we had the Opening Ceremony for the Graduate Studies Program Class of 2015, an event held at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley. Our Keynote Speaker was Nobel Laureate for Peace Muhammad Yunus. During his talk he briefly mentioned Climate Change and the challenges that Bangladesh will face with Sea Level Rise. After his talk I was intrigued and had the chance to ask him what his thoughts were on addressing a problem like Sea Level Rise that is not quite tangible yet, and I couldn’t agree more with his simple two word response: “Fossil Fuels! Get rid of them and you’ll see how this and many other problems will be solved”

 

Then, of course, no big deal, I casually took a picture with Peter Diamandis…. I dont think I will have enough space in this blog to talk about what he’s done, but if you are in need of a good/light/eye opening/positive book, read his book Abundance. It will really… blow your mind!

And that is all for the first two days of the program! Tomorrow the real action begins, for the looks of it, our schedule is booked Monday through Saturday from 7:30am to 10pm! (some people call it Sleepless University)

But for now, I leave you with the fun fact of the week…

FUN FACT:  

One of the participants is from Taiwan, where they became interested in filming a reality TV show about this experience… So we have a camera crew following us around campus while we “interact” with each other and pay attention in class… I guess we will be famous in Taiwan! (My mission is now to find the link to that reality show….)

8 thoughts on “WEEK #0 – First Impressions & Opening Ceremony!

  1. Congrats — so excited to see what happens in the next 10 weeks!

    First order of business, though, is the first post — get to work! 🙂

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  2. What a wonderful endeavor you have. I am pretty sure that you are the smartest person in your classroom. Including but not limited to your faculty staff. I want you to know we are so proud of you and we love you as our biological daughter. You are the best!!!

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  3. Ana. Si yo me siento orgulloso de ti por acá, ya me imagino a Isabel y Paco. Muchos éxitos y gracias por compartir tus éxitos y felicidad.

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  4. I see a calling in many directions….nice that life is an intricate web!
    Keep posting – we will keep reading, enjoying and cheering (loudly, proudly) from afar!
    Can you hear us? GO ANA!

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