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.