In July of 2014, Margaux Giles, Katelyn Dunn, and myself, ages 18, 17 and 20 years old respectively, came together at a five-week program in the heart of Silicon Valley at Singularity University to learn about the trends of cutting-edge technology and their role in solving global problems. During the program we decided to devise a solution to the lack of on-demand communications networks in disaster-struck areas, in order to facilitate relief efforts. After thorough research and late nights of brainstorming, Disaster Mesh was born.
For the past century, the price and performance of computing has been on an exponential curve. And as futurist Ray Kurzweil observed, once any technology becomes an information technology, its development follows the same curve, so we are seeing exponential advances in technologies such as sensors, networks, artificial intelligence, and robotics. The convergence of these technologies is making amazing things possible.
What happens when you gather 14 of the world’s brightest teenagers at Singularity University and ask them to design the future of education? During last summer’s Exponential Youth Camp (XYC) pilot here at SU, we found out.