10 month human accelerator helping increase the ambition of the most ambitious by training how to solve the world’s biggest problems with weekly sessions and global community.
why this program?
in my role as a director
note these are not the main focus of the program, but these are results of those who put in the work and trusted the process. intentionally, i'm sharing these first to set the stage and to celebrate
personal peak moments
i got more tools to analyze problems and the chance to train on them every session. i was also able to commit to a project to make it as real as possible, something that i hadn't been able to do in innovate. activate was challenging, interesting and different.
mexico city, mexico
featured highlights from the three main projects this year
1. second focus built more skills in focused projects in emerging technologies and sciences
2. pie challenge collaborated with shell on a net zero carbon economy challenge
3. earthshots went through an earthshot sprint for understand and try to solve some of the world's biggest problems
shreya, zayn, sualeha, and nic thriving as a team building in AR x education post earthshots.
everyone focused on building more skills in different areas of emerging tech and science.
raina exploring what non invasive optogenetics could look like for treatments of neurological disorders, like parkinson's disease. she received mentorship from an mit lab
sri building end to end learning system to increase efficiency in self driving cars. he got feedback from a team at cruise.
activate has been a catalyst for more exponential growth than I ever imagined I could achieve in just ten months. it has been one of the most incredible and life-changing experiences of my life, and has been incredibly mece in the opportunities it gave me and lessons it taught me.
we ran a global challenge with shell this year for net zero carbon economy ideas.
pie = problems incentivized by economics.
mikael and aahaan have a hypothesis to capture the ~20k MWh of wasted heat in refineries and researched to see if it could be used to produce green hydrogen.
check out deck →
naila and team look to repurpose oil platforms into electrical substations for wind energy systems, potentially saving $4.65M in decomissioning costs.
check out deck →
eye-opening. i've learned so much more about myself and the world.
understanding and creating hypotheses to try to solve some of the world's biggest problems.
zayn and team are building literacy teaching tools for kids in augmented reality with an ambition of making a fully mobile 21st education system.
check out their pitch →
ashley and team are researching a way to make a low cost microfluidic device to identify micronutrient deficiencies, starting with vitamin b12.
check out their pitch →
a 10xed growth experience.
in this section learn about weekly sessions, coaching, community, and demo day.
build intentional environments for 1) exposure, 2) high performance team + skillset training, and 3) seed insights for future projects.
i designed and ran 100+ sessions across the world's biggest problems (wbp), world's most difficult technical challenges (wtp), as well as mindsets, skillsets, and philosophy in life sessions.
skills: root cause analysis, gap analysis, hypothesis driven ideas, memo writing
topics: reducing medical errors, ending human trafficking, increasing the livlihood of rural indian farmers
skills: reading patents, vision setting, identify gaps
topics: decreasing cost per kwh in batteries, identify economic opportunities in the metaverse, and early detection in cancer
skills: story telling, building life principles, philosophical discussions
topics: what makes a fulfilling life? what is death?
check out reflection →
the most unparalleled growth curve I have ever experienced so far. full of kindness, good memories, and many lessons in every dimension on life.
san francisco, us
on top of all of that, we tried a new 2 week style of sessions without cohorts and individual students could choose their own adventure across 22 different topics.
check out experimental session schedule here →
alongside the program director hat, i also helped guide all of the students through their individual journeys as a high performance coach.
the main theme for activate was personalization, making sure every individual student got what they wanted.
open office hours for personal blockers, life updates, goals, and interesting ideas
extra sessions on time management, project managing, applying mental models and more
helped set up and manage a squad based culture with peer to peer master mind groups
extra sessions on extreme ownership, anti-comparison, activator and more
weekly sessions for the most engaged activates with growth, philosophy, and okr training
host challenge check ins for accountability, feedback, and team mamangement
activate has helped me find a project i want to make real, the directors give life-changing personalized and group support, my thinking and understanding of the world have transformed through the weekly problem-solving sessions and i have 4 weekly/ biweekly squad syncs with some of my favourite people ever. life is great.
building meaningful relationships across different cities
meeting eric schmidt @ built with bio.
spontaneous global hangout.
monthly talks on nitezche, aristotle, epicurus, while questioning the good life
weekly games or friday night jams
weekly growth syncs
talks about industry specific opportunities with
and other investors, and founders.
i met an incredible community of friends, gained very valuable mentorship, and worked on building out my projects!
two hour interactive event hosted on gather town to showcase the top projects as well as include invited founders, investors, and guests to meet activate.
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