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SAP University Alliances + my reflection on themes at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016


See the hat? That’s the logo for SAP Next-Gen Consulting — Which empowers the world’s established companies to build the future with Next-Gen Designers, Developers, Entrepreneurs to even while students are still at University. And it’s thanks to SAP and my incredible colleagues in SAP University Alliances that I have had the privilege to attend and engage with the world-changers at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016. Let me share my reaction after interviewing several of the 700 Entrepreneurs at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016 at Stanford and the discussion which took place when Barack Obama brought four young entrepreneurs together in the Memorial Auditorium at Stanford — including Mark Zuckerberg, to champion the themes which empower the Global Entrepreneurship scene today.

First, I’m optimistic about our immediate and long term future global human teams ability to work together to solve humanity greatest challenges — in delightfully creative and much needed ways. We, (if you are reading this, this counts for you) have the creativity and ideas, and access necessary to solve the world greatest challenges, including connect, educate, and empower all of our peers to ignite their own crucial creative contribution to our individual, community, and global dreams. Second, This was the first time I had seen Pres. Obama speak in person — and in the most impactful forum which could be discussed. The audience I was part of included the invited 700 delegate entrepreneurs from 170 countries. Together with Industry Partners, Investors, in the heart of a world-class academic institution we know as Stanford we represented the tangible fabric of the global discussion on how change is brought about: Empowering anyone, anywhere with the access to resources to bring their startup ideas to reality and scale to the world. Do you believe that ? I do. Here is what I am about: Set life-empowering technology education in reach of everyone on earth.

Start with having access to Internet infrastructure and a smartphone in your phone, reliable access to clean water, sustainable renewable energy — - If you can google it, you can build it. My specific goal is placing the creative imagination accleration experience of 3D printing technology in the reach of people from 5–150. (Here’s the video I recorded onsite at GES2016 1.5 minutes —

Why is that? Because when I first experienced watching a thing I designed become a tangible reality in 8 minutes at a Stockholm Public Library 3D printer in November 2013- it immediately changed the way I regarded the ideas & designs I imagined from day-to-day. So if you meet me today you’ll notice my newly accelerated confidence to put 3D printing education & capability in your own reach — the same way you in 2016 have access to a paper printer. Think big and begin to share your unique perspectives and you’ll soon be teaming up with those who believe in you (thanks to Adam Smiley Poswolsky for making this point) to create the world you have imagined — Ben

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