So I stopped writing on this blog on August 8th and now it’s August 30th. A lot happened and I will quickly recap the last 3 weeks while I am sitting in the airport waiting for my flight.
August 9 was another mentoring were our team project grew and were we pitched a lot and iterated on the pitch to make it better. on August 10th we presented to compete for a position in Launchpad, the pre-acclerator of Singularity University that start September 19th and goes until November 14th. We made it! I am coming back! The same we were able to visit The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital which was really neat and cool. Later in the evening we had a talk about media framing and how some media/institutions either consciously or subconsciously deceive you.
On Thursday, August 11th, another full day of work the NASA interns who spend their summer on campus as well were ready to leave and in order to thank them, NASA threw a campus-wide barbecue, sweet! After dinner, our GSP program leader did a fireside chat about his experiences in live. Bottom live: go out there and live your life!
On Friday we had a busy day because we were shooting the annual GSP lip dub and later that night the annual space masquerade. Both awesome events 🙂
On Saturday we decided to go to San Francisco in the BMW convertible a couple of my friends are renting for the summer to enjoy SF and watch a game of the SF giants. The stadium of the SF giants in incredibly beautiful!
On Sunday it was back to serious work again! This week was a lot of fun with my fellow particiants during the break and a lot of meaningfull work during the rest of the time. With little sleep the days are very long but at the same time very rewarding! The cool thing that happened is that my 23andMe results came in, interesting to look at! A picture of us working on Afriji.
On the 19th of August a couple of us arranged a visit to the lab of ReGen villages. A sustainable home project led by Stanford professor James Ehrlich. ReGen Villages is going to build its pilot homes in Almere, in the Netherlands. Very cool to chat and interact with him! He gave us a tour of Stanford University as well 🙂 At night Aubrey de Grey came to speak about Human Longevity, he has a very interesting view on life extension, a subject I like to learn more about.
And then it was Saturday again. Today I booked my flight back to California. Flying out on the 23rd of September and heading back home on November 14. I played around a little with 3D printers. We also launched our selfmade rocket today. On top of the rocket we mounted a Llama! We are the first to put a Llama into space 🙂
After working hard the last few days on Tuesday August 23th it was time for the final presentations of the projects teams! The best 5 teams were going to present at the Closing ceremony. attened by 800 guests paying each 60 bucks! A lot of opportunity to gain traction in an early stage! And of course AFRIJI was one of the 5! Our team (6 guys, check the boyband photo) is going to present, really excited about this! After the presentation it was time to relax and enjoy each others presence. In the evening we celebrated our win of course!
The day after was the day I saw a driverless car for the first time 🙂 and look at the food they serve us EVERY DAY. AMAZING!
After working hard a couple of days to get our demo booth ready for the closing ceremony the first sad moment of the summer arrived as Jack Sim (he loves toilets, hence the picture), my friend from Singapore had to leave us early to speak at a convention in Stockholm. He unfortunately couldn’t make it to our Graduation (see the picture taken the night before)
Then on August 26th it was time for our GRADUATION and in the evening the closing ceremony.
The day after graduation it was time for the closing GSP Singularity U pool party! Probably the best party I have ever been to! We ended up late at night in Palo Alto 🙂
On Sunday August 28th the Singularity University Global Summit in San Francisco began! Lots of interesting people are attending this event. The best opportunity to promote Afriji and learn at the same time! We spent all morning at the summit and at lunch we decided to go to MOMA SF. A beautiful museum. After MOMA we went back to the summit to attend a graffiti workshop, really cool.
On the 29th the summit continued and of course, we went back again! At the end of the second day, there was a silent disco 🙂
And then it was August 30, time to go home :(. I had the best time of my life as you have read here and I would do it all over in a heartbeat. Thanks to all the amazing people who made it happen.