The beginning of phase 3 in Imagine started with an introduction to prototyping with Josep Lluís Sánchez. After lunch, we headed to HUB, a community that provides co-working spaces that inspire, connect, and empower people to realize enterprising ideas for sustainable impact. Marie Haller and Anna Guardiola gave us a speech about their core values and mission.
HUB is a B corp, i.e., a Benefit Corporation, a corporate form for for-profit entities that want to consider society and the environment in addition to profit in their decision making process. As stated in their profile, they believe that “trust, collaboration and courage shape communities where ideas and change can thrive”. These core values make up their DNA and guide them in reaching social and environmental benchmarks.
Next day, our Imagineta gave us a ride to Singularity University, at NASA Ames Research Park, in Mountain View. We were really impressed by the speech Ann Rogan gave to us, in which she explained the core values and mission of Singularity University and even showed us her trainers, which were printed in 3D. –thank you Ann for transmitting your passion and positive energy with us!
SU is a Benefit Corporation learning institution whose aim is to “educate, inspire and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity’s grand challenges.” Actually, the name of Singularity University comes form the fact that Singularity is defined as the point in time when computer intelligence exceeds human intelligence, due to rapid and accelerating developments within and between science and technology fields. These exponential growing technologies include artificial intelligence, robotics, nanotechnology, biotechnology & bioinformatics (including DNA sequencing), medicine & health, neuroscience, networks & computing systems and energy & environmental Systems.
In the afternoon, we were also delighted by the speech of Dídac Lee, an entrepreneur by vocation and profession. Born in Figueres (Catalonia) and educated by his Chinese parents from Taiwan, he studied computer engineering and received a degree in business administration and general management from IESE. He is currently the director of New Technologies for FC Barcelona and the CEO of the company Inspirit, a holding of technology-based companies with a clear innovative profile.
When he was twenty-one and with hardly any resources, he set up his first company, IntercomGi, one of the first in Girona to provide internet access and to open an online business. As he likes to define himself, he is a restless dreamer and passionate about what he does. One of his core values is to live life in a sustainable way and his motivation everyday is to get up with a challenging project.
He defines his job as “overcoming adversities, risks and managing messes”. And, as he likes to say, “don’t confuse the word “impossible” with “difficult””. That’s actually the attitude that brought him to where he is now, with that passion and positivism he transmits.
Thank you very much Dídac for joining us and sharing your experiences, your humility and your positive energy; you are a great dreamer!!