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At age 10, Mike Jutan envisioned his future at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), George Lucas's groundbreaking visual effects film studio. His passion for computer graphics led him to earn his B.Math (Honours Computer Science Co-Op) degree at the University of Waterloo. He now lives his childhood dream every single day as a Research & Development Engineer at ILM in San Francisco, California. Mike is always busy planning his next adventure, to explore the globe and to make a difference to the world around him. Using his mentoring skills and extremely contagious enthusiasm, he is determined to share his joie de vivre with the world and inspire the next generation through a blend of art and science.

United States, San Francisco, CA
Current organization:
Past organizations:
University of Waterloo, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), Pixar Animation Studios, London Central Secondary School
Current role:
Research & Development Engineer

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I'm passionate about

Technology, learning, filmmaking, visual effects, inspiring the next generation through a blend of art and science.

An idea worth spreading

On Fri. Nov 15th, I kidnapped a celebrity, 2 billion people saw it happen, and I got away with no (real) charges.

(I should clarify: I played "The Penguin" in the Make-A-Wish Batkid caper in San Francisco). :)

One thing that struck me after the event was over, was how far and wide the story spread. Something of the order of 2 BILLION people around the world heard about it. A truly universal, positive news story.

I have a few questions I'd love to pose to the TED community:
-->What message did you take from the Batkid event?
-->How can we make more good news like this?
-->How can we inspire people to give back to their communities?
-->In my 2011 TEDx talk (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4I5J4P0XaPA) I talk about enthusiasm being the engine for success. How do you think it can drive community service?

Here are some photos of our preparation for the Batkid event, and some closing thoughts on my blog: http://jutanclan.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-day-batkid-defeated-me-and.html


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