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Tech Talk – Business Innovation Factory (BIF)

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

When I was 14, I was asked to tell my story and give a robotics presentation at the Business Innovation Factory, an international Tech Talk created by one of the original TED Talk founders, and hosted this year at Brown University. Its purpose is for the most innovative thinkers around the world to come together to share their personal stories, to educate and inspire other innovators in all that is possible. These are the crazy, out-of-the-box-thinkers, the thought leaders, the people who have shown what can be done if you put your mind to it. It was a fantastic and inspiring event. I enjoyed it immensely, not just giving my presentation, but hearing the other presenters as well. Here is my presentation. It’s hard to tell from the video, but the crowd was full of 600 innovation leaders, CEOs, university deans, and educators. They were laughing, smiling, and nodding their heads the whole time. Afterward, I was swarmed with new fans and opportunities, which was very cool. I also enjoyed having dinner at the home of the president of Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). I would like to thank everyone at BIF and Brown University for welcoming me so warmly. —Camille

The event was being live blogged by dozens of leading writers and thinkers. Here are some of their tweets during my presentation:

@Gretchen_Rice I love knowing that the future is in the hands of teens like Camille Beatty.

@MattMurrie “So, three years ago, when I was 11…” This is perhaps the best opening line from a storyteller at BIF

@AmyEGallo “If you can imagine it, then you can do it” 14-yr old robotics maker Camille Beatty & her younger sis prove it.

Comments (6)

  1. Paul Beatty
    December 4th, 2014

    Amazing composure, even some humor.

  2. Christine Dupie
    December 4th, 2014

    What a wonderful presentation-a very poised young lady!

  3. John DiPonio
    December 4th, 2014

    Camille was fantastic in the presentation. I have been following the girls work for quite a while and it was nice to see her get a chance to hear about her passion live. You have done a fantastic job with the girls Rob and it should be an inspiration to all parents on how to challenge their kids to take action on their dreams!

  4. Steve N
    December 4th, 2014

    Can you be a fan of a family? If so, I am one. You are inspiring on many levels – youth of today, makers, women in engineering, future of our country – take your pick. A great presentation.

  5. David Nyman
    May 31st, 2015

    An amazing team. Every time I stop by the site to see what they’re up to next, I leave feeling inspired. You guys are setting an awesome example for others to follow.
    Thank you.

  6. Leah McGrath, RDN (@LeahMcGrathRD)
    February 10th, 2017

    So impressed to meet you tonight at AMOS Camille…I know you and your sister are destined to do great things.

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