This world is an interesting place. It is filled with beautiful places to go and exciting things to do. But what provides the highest levels of complexity, variety, and intrigue are the people.
Over the past two years, Exosphere’s programs have reached over 850 people from 43 different countries. There have been inventors, programmers, entertainers, journalists, builders, and one space lawyer (yes, that’s a real thing now). The individuals you will meet at the program, and the network of past participants, come from unique backgrounds and are filled with fascinating stories and ideas. Four of the people attending the Hydra Startup Lab are already doing and thinking about some interesting things.
Romina Paillao (25, Chile) recognizes that global warming and industrial production processes are major concerns and deserve better solutions. Previous attempts to reduce the impacts have been either recycling or raising awareness of what we use and how we use it but, unfortunately, the waste already produced cannot be destroyed by the environment. Plastic, petroleum, and some produced molecules go directly into the ocean. Since they cannot be destroyed by natural processes, they end up damaging the local ecosystem and eventually us.
This is why she got involved with Synthetic Biology, which is a new way to approach the problem. It is a new branch of science which combines biotechnology and engineering to construct living organisms to make them more efficient, or enable them to perform new functions. The organisms start working for us, as little machines.
Initially the primary focus of synthetic biology was cleaning the environment, like bacteria being able to ‘eat’ plastic, serving as bio-sensors for detecting contaminated water, and increasing oxygen output of plants. But the magnitude of its economic advantages quickly became apparent. For example, some type of algae have been modified so they can produce clean energy.
The depth of this field is vast and its applications provide opportunities to have a business and (slightly more important) protect our planet from ourselves.
Edgar Oliveira (31, Brazil) works as a production engineer in the offshore oil and gas industry. The project he is currently tasked with is the construction of two FPSOs, a floating vessel that is able to extract, produce, and store oil. He works in the planning and control area and his job is to coordinate and work with the project management team to resolve project issues to ensure the delivery and completion of the project work.
But at a certain point, he realized something was missing. he realized his life got into a bored and sad routine and he needed to do something with more purpose. The problem was that he didn’t know how to do this. He just knows he needs to fight for a life with more purpose, freedom, and autonomy.
I believe this experience will get me to another level. I like to study about new forms of education, creativity, entrepreneurship, self awareness and mainly about this world of new technologies and how to use them to build a better world. I know I have a long road to walk and be part of the Hydra Startup Lab will be very helpful on that walk. — Edgar Oliveira
Lorenzo Borje (Hong Kong) is currently working on starting a new media production company. He is still developing its purpose and vision, but he sees it as being both a watchful observer and thoughtful incubator of culture. He feels confident in identifying a nice medium to begin testing new strategies and tactics.
Ignacio Meza (20, Chile) is working in the robotics field just down the beach from Exosphere headquarters. He envisions adding machine learning, or Artificial Intelligence, to more robots to allow them to interact with their environment more efficiently. With the right programming, robots will be able to constantly analyze their situation and adjust resulting in optimized results. He is eager to meet people working on new technology and learn business development.
But it’s not just the differences that make this group so unique, it’s our similarities. Rarely does one find a group that is willing to put their unified foot down and say “I’m finished living my life the way other people want me to live and I am going to DO something to change it.” This is Exosphere’s mission, to bring motivated and innovative individuals together and provide much needed change and advancement to the world.
Let me know what you think,