WEEK # 1 – Virtual Reality

I have no idea where to start! It has been a week of intense learning, discussions, getting to know each other, scavenger hunts, fun conversations, virtual reality, robots and wine!


Wellness and team building was part of the main focus of the first week. We did a scavenger hunt around the campus, (I finally found the laundry room!) and We have done many fun stuff for team building and to get to know each other. We also have a wellness program laid out for us so we have many options for excercising and stay healthy. We now created yoga groups, running, biking, tenis, field games, meditation, martial arts and more! I am very impressed with how comprehensive and well rounded this program is! …Staying healthy is a priority!


Scavenger Hunt

marshmelow challenge

Marshmallow Challenge – Click on this photo above to follow the official GSP15 Blog and twitter feeds

I won’t be able to write about EVERYTHING that we have done because I don’t have enough time, BUT I will show you an overview of our curriculum and a schedule for a typical day at Singularity… you know.. nothing too intense!



Normal Day at Singularity


We got an introduction to the Innovation Lab that we will be playing with over the course of the program… Amongst the toys available, we can find: lego robot that solves the rubic cube, bitcoin miner, google glass, Virtual Reality sets, lots of gadgets, 3D Printers, lasercutters, drones… And a dancing  NAO robot! I thought I had taken video but I didn’t.. So stay tuned for the robot video soon!



An example of the diversity of people, here we are at a Brewery in Mountain View, CA and these are some of the places represented in the photo below….USA, Mexico, Venezuela, Bolivia, Peru, Costa Rica, Chile, Brasil, UK, Taiwan (and reality TV star), South Africa, Poland, Israel and Italy!


Virtual Reality


We had a very interesting night with speakers from the United Nations Innovation and Amnesty International. We used Google Cardboard to Travel to Za’atari Refugee camp in Jordan, home to 84,000 Syrian refugees. We watched a film called Clouds over Sidra, the routine of a 12-year old girl living in the refugee camp.

Since I didn’t take a photo of myself, here is my friend Alix from the Netherlands

The experience with virtual reality was intended to promote empathy for all of the Syrian Refugees by imagining ourselves in the shoes of [in this case], the 12-year old girl refugee.



This one is more like an interesting/out of the ordinary fact…. Gustav, one of my friends here at GSP15 founded a Church in Sweden called the Missionary Church of Kopimism, a congregation of file sharers who believe that copying information is a sacred virtue. Yes… feel free to read the previous sentence again. Happy copying! Ctrl+C Ctrl+V

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