Max Bortone

Student
Lugano, Switzerland

About Max

Bio

I'm a Swiss-Italian student from Lugano, Switzerland, and I have been raised bilingual since I was born. In fact my mom is half German half Hungarian, while my dad is a pure Italian. At school I have learned English pretty well and I use it almost everyday when I'm reading stuff on the Internet. At high-school I have met an Argentinian girl which thought some Spanish, which i can now understand quite good, but I have still got to practice more and more. I like it so much to be able to speak many different languages, it opens the world for you. I'm still young and I have little experience about the world in general, but most of the adults i know say to me that I'm a pretty mature guy for my age. I hope they are right.

I'll be out of high school next year and I hope to study IT at ETH in Z├╝rich.

Languages

English, German, Italian, Spanish

Areas of Expertise

IT [beginner], Biology Education, Chemistry, Science Education

An idea worth spreading

The time of mass collaboration is coming. Jump on the train of future.

I'm passionate about

everything that has to do with the Internet, web-design or graphics, Biology and Chemistry or renewable energies and climate change.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Max Bortone
Posted over 2 years ago
Back to the Start
When I first so the word Chipotle I was walking in the streets of Paris and I thought of another Fast-Food company like Taco Bell or something else. Being wrong has never felt so good. I would even like to work for them now! And you guys at TED are mind blasting: who ever thought of Ads worth spreading? Man you really made my day, I've got to find a restaurant now.
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Max Bortone
Posted over 2 years ago
Lauren Hodge, Shree Bose + Naomi Shah: Award-winning teenage science in action
Wooow guys, thanks for your support, I appreciate it a lot. I might give it another try this year, if can still compete: I've already passed my 18th birthday. I hope I'm still good ;) I'm from south Switzerland, the part near Italy, where I go to school: I cross the border every day two times. I've got my final exams this year so I might be busy with that, but the experience of last year will be forever in my mind. The efforts were worth the game, I'm glad my project got attention from some Italian professors on the web, which found this process of learning truly amazing. I hope that's going to change something one day. Anyway Science is now deeply burned in my head, along with what I've learn at school during Philosophy and History classes, I feel ready take it more seriously now. This Google Science Fair has been a great opportunity to test my abilities and my passions: it proved I was on the right path. That's the purpose of such competitions and that of school actually too. Good luck for you too, Lauren.
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Max Bortone
Posted over 2 years ago
Lauren Hodge, Shree Bose + Naomi Shah: Award-winning teenage science in action
I've also participated in the Google Science Fair, my project was about building a system that could produce ethanol for an engine at home, however due to a lack of support from school it didn't turn out as I was dreaming it. I had to secretly steal chemicals from the school lab to go one with my research and none of my teachers, unless one, were interested in the project. I find this very sad: why wouldn't a school be interested in helping its students to follow their passions, specially if they have to do whit science. There should be more attention on these kind of things, it's a good way to stimulate creativity, passion and much more. I'd like to know what's the teachers' perspective. By the way: all of you girls rock ;)