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Theme: Ripples

This event occurred on
May 22, 2016
Fremont, California
United States

We believe that the waves of change and progress around us can stem from something small and swell to enormous proportions.

Mission San Jose High School
41717 Palm Avenue
Fremont, California, 94539
United States
Event type:
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Ben Kreimer

Ben Kreimer is a journalism technologist and the beta fellow for BuzzFeed’s Open Lab for Journalism, Technology, and the Arts. He’s also an adviser with the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Drone Journalism Lab and Nairobi based African skyCAM.­­ Kreimer explores the unique perspectives, visual experiences and storytelling potential of drones, 3D reconstructions, 360-degree video, virtual reality, and open-source hardware sensor platforms. He has worked with academic institutions and organizations including Columbia’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, the M.S. University of Baroda (India), Times of India, CCTV Africa, VICE News, African Wildlife Foundation, Kenya Tourism Board, and the Antiochia ad Cragum Archaeological Research Project.

Felicia Chanco

Felicia Victoria Chanco is the Founder of Felicious Events – an event planning company based in the San Francisco Bay area. Prior to starting Felicious Events, Felicia worked as the Program Director at Alchemist Accelerator – a premier enterprise accelerator that aids B2B startups succeed in the competitive Silicon Valley market. However, Felicia’s Bay Area journey first started while interning one summer and eventually getting hired on after college as the Events & Catering Manager with Rice Paper Scissors, a Vietnamese pop-up restaurant. Felicia graduated Cum Laude from Chapman University in Public Relations & Advertising, minor in Spanish, and completed the University Honors Program.

Grace O'Brien

Grace O’Brien is currently a Stanford student, studying product design and computer science. After her father’s brain tumor caused him to become hard-of-hearing, she started a nonprofit organization called Ears for Years that brings solar-powered hearing aids to deaf children in need. She has now fit hundreds of children in six different countries with hearing aids. For her efforts to use renewable energy for social change, she was nominated as a Forbes 30 Under 30 candidate, received the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, and won the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. When she’s not traveling around the world, she can be found in her dorm coding, at the beach, or playing with her puppies.

Idris Gettani

– 20 years old, born and raised in Fremont – Mission San Jose High graduate class of 2013 – Community College transfer (De Anza College) to the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley – Studying Business Administration, expected graduation May 2017 – Interning this Summer 2016 at JP Morgan in New York City in their CIB Program Management team

Jaime Richards

Jaime Richards is a 30-year veteran teacher and writer. His mission is to learn what it takes to live an extraordinary life, live one, and teach it to others. He studies great lives from the past and present, applies their wisdom, and shares what works with as many students as he can. His Kefi Foundation focuses on teaching and sharing kefi’s magic with people around the world, especially the deprived, the disadvantaged and the neglected.

Rhiannon Tomtishen

Rhiannon Tomtishen has been an environmental activist since age 11 when she discovered that Girl Scout cookies contain an ingredient that results in rainforest destruction and human rights abuses. In response, she and Madison Vorva founded Project ORANGS in 2007 to educate consumers across the country and mobilize hundreds of thousands to demand deforestation-free policies from companies. As a result of the efforts of Project ORANGS, Girl Scouts USA and Kellogg’s both adopted new palm oil policies. This campaign has been featured in major media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, CBS Early Show, and NPR. Rhiannon has been recognized by the Brower Youth Award and the United Nations as a Forest Hero. Today, Rhiannon is a sophomore at Stanford University studying International Relations. She looks forward to continuing her studies and finding a way to incorporate her passion for activism into a career path.

Steven Ng

Steven Ng is a 23-year old industrial product designer/entrepreneur from San Francisco. Since discovering crowdfunding as a freshman at UCLA, he has launched over 10 products, building a multimillion-dollar business. His products focus on minimal, functional designs in fashion and accessories.

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