Singularity University: Day 1

I feel like the dumbest person in the room.

This is what I wanted grad school to be like, and I have finally found it.  I love it.

I have been unbelievably  blown away by the quality of the people here at SU.  It is incredible to hear what people have created so far, and I feel so inadequate.  I currently have the greatest, craziest case of impostor syndrome.  I keep having to pinch myself:  they took me??!

I can’t believe it has only been one day here.  Today was mainly orientation with a concentration on logistics and such, but also a chance to get to know people, including through a round robin intro session.   Most people have one or two startups under their belt, or are an expert in some technology.  I feel very much intimidated, but in a good way:  there is a lot of scope to learn from the other participants, which I am incredible excited about.  In a breakdown of the profiles of people attending this GSP, Nick Haan highlighted that 39% came from entrepreneurship, 51% from a tech background, and only 10% from a Global Grand Challenge.  I anticipate I am one of those 10%.

We finished off the day with a the classic marshmallow and spaghetti tower building challenge, with the lesson of prototyping more and planning less, like kids do.

A couple of goals:

  1. Spend lots of time in the Innovation Lab, which is all about 3D printers, laser cutters, etc.  I want to earn all the “badges”, which are skill badges you can earn for your profile once you complete certain skills.
  2. Connect with Roy (a staff) and learn to fly drones.
  3. Talk to Mathew (staff) about brain control tech.
  4. Submit at least one story via Slack for the Medium.com/singularityU channel

It is going to be a great summer.

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