The young people of China are passionate, sincere, full of promising raw creativity, and above all, hungry for inspiration and direction. Facing the enormous and rapidly deve-loping world of technological innovations, however, they feel the pain-ful absence of proper guidance and effective means of access to resources.
Rising to this extraordinary occasion, TechX takes on the responsibility of bridging the youth of china and the pinnacle of today’s technology.
During the ten days of TechX, our students will dive deep into 5 categories of cutting edge technology. the Summit’s Mentors come from Stanford University, Tsinghua University, iCenter, Unity, and the Academy of Satellite innovation Research of CAS to teach a core curriculum that is also based on courses from these top-tier institutions. TechX provides a habitat in which students can refine their own expertise while explo-ring new fields of science. Towards the end of the Summit, students will spend 48 hours on a culminating hackathon:a hands-on experience known as The Capstone Project.
As a companion to our core curriculum and our elite Mentors , TechX has invited stu-dents from MIT, Cambridge, Tsinghua, Columbia, Carnegie Mellon and other top engi-neering universities around the globe to be Mentor Assistants for our students. Not only will the provide excellent support from an academic standpoint, but these Mentor Assistants, being students themselves or not long ago, can further administer their youthful insight in broader aspects of life and help our students develop holistically.
TechX is also a platform designed for outstanding individuals to learn from their peers. Every summer, hundreds diverse high schoolers with their unique set of skills, expe-riences, and points of view come to TechX, united by their common sense of strong motivation. TechX provides an opportunity for young people in search for intellectual allies, constructive competition, and life-long friendships.
These past two years, with utmost guidance and support from worldwide entrepreneurs and technology gurus, TechX has constructed a bridge consisting of conventional education and world-leading technology. Today we present it to the youth of China.
All TechX professors come from the highest level of education and scientific research. They are not only industry leaders and technology experts, but also enthusiastic believers and innovators. They will stop at nothing to lead students deep into their field of expertise. TechX believes these Mentors will not only bring to our students cutting-edge knowledge, but also infinite revelation and inspiration.
The courses that TechX offers differs from traditional classes in their emphasis on Mentor-student interaction. The core of TechX persists in working together with exper-ienced experts in to design the best possible learning curve for our students. Students will preview core material before the Summit, and then, under the guidance of our Mentors , dive deeper into a field of their passion.
TechX draws its Mentor Assistants from top engineering colleges all over the world, from MIT and UPenn in the States, to University of Cambridge in the UK, to Tsinghua Univeristy in China. Our Mentor Assistants are extremely conver-sant in their fields, yet they are only a few years older than their mentees. They may be Olympic gold medalists, hackathon finalists, and even resear-chers in national researches, but the memory of fighting through thousands of lines of code to get where they are, as well as the memory of struggling to grow into a young adult are still fresh in their mind. They are very accomplished, yet they also understand and empathize with what our students are going through.
Our Mentor Assistants share the same passion of technology that we expect from our students. They crave to learn and improve along with their mentees, and will never hold back on imparting their knowledge. These Mentor Assi-stants will work, eat, and even sleep under the same roof as our students. Their job is to help academically, but their passion is to influence and communicate with their peers. Our Mentor Assistants will pass on their insights of study habits, as well as share their high school and college experien-ces. Mentor Assistants will help TechX students broaden their horizon both academically and in life by becoming an exemplary example.
During the last two days of the Summit, TechX will host our annual “Capstone Hackathon.” Students create their own teams, where academic knowledge mashes with innovative creativity to create the perfect project. There are no boundaries, no restrictions, and defin-itely no budget. The only challenge here is time. TechX’s team of Mentor Assistants will be on a 24 hour shift helpingout students with their ideas. Many Capstone projects go on to be more than just a prototype, they have entered competitions, applied for patents, and are even commercially produced. Not only do these projects serve as an excellent college application supplement, but the experience itself becomes great material for the Common Application essay. In a world obsessed with results, TechX is devoted to the journey
Upon review the very first TechX appli-cation, we abandoned the traditional preference for standardized test scores, competition awards and leadership status. Instead, we search for passion. We want to ensure that the young pioneers that step foot through our gates possess the fire necessary for progressing through our summit. Once you become a TechX student, you will be surrounded by fellow idealists who think smart, optimists who dream big, perfectionists who focus meticulously on every detail. Your GitHub master roommate might have a thousand stars already, but the amateur electrician next door might also have a fair chance of winning the final prize after nights of relentlessly refining his UVA project. At TechX, passion is the true key that unlocks success.
In addition to the intense academic experience, TechX balances student life with various activities through our special House Competition system.
Using a unique “Sorting Hat” algorithm considering personality traits and hobby interests, students are placed into one of eight houses at the beginning of the Summit. Each house represents a distinct characteristic of innovation. From academic performa-nce to extra-curricular activities, we expect our students to carry out the spirit of true pioneers, all the while with their team behind them. Their house will be their mountain to fall back on, and the accomplishment and challenges of every individual reflects on the house as a whole, creating unbreakable bonds and a true understandings of teamwork. True friendships are made by going through hardships together. By the end of the Summit, these teammates graduate to become lifelong friends, academic rivals, or even start-up partners.
The road to technological advancement is endless, who better to explain this void than the forerunners of our current technological world. During the summit, nume-rous experts came to explain their theories, scientists came to unfold their disco-veries, and entrepreneurs came to tell their tales. Even after their offering, these speakers stay to exchange ideas and concepts with the students, waiting for that bright individual to catch their eye. From knowledge on specific tech fields, to lessons on start-up hardships, to potential employment, TechX provides endless opportunities to our students through the event of guest speakers.
Mentors from MIT Media Lab, Carnegie Mellon University, Tsinghua University, and Silicon Valley will guide you into your favorite technology domain, teach you how to design your capstone project, and answer any question for implementation. They impart knowledge. But more importantly, they provide you with numerous opportunities.
MIT Graduate Woman of Excellence; Researcher at MIT Media Lab; Researcher at MIT Center for Civic Media; NSF Graduate Research Fellowship; Creative Director for design studio TEN FWD
Researcher at MIT Media Lab and Civic Media Center; Data Visualization Lead at Harvard University, Berkman Center for Internet & Society; Senior Software Engineer and Data Scientist at MIT Libraries; Research at MIT HyperStudio for Digital Humanities
Founder of Tsinghua University Makerspace; Developer of MegaMind, Arduino library operated on ARM; Director of MakerBean Maker Education Workshop; Founder of "Build Everything" Tech. Co. Ltd
Senior Robotics Development Engineer; Member of Tsinghua Entrepreneur and Executive Club (TEEC); One of the earliest Chinese people adopting ROS; Lecturer of ROS Spark Program course; One of the most popular teachers in TechX 2017; Translated the book "A Guide for Advanced ROS Robotics Programing"
Founder of Lets Build That App; Youtuber on iOS development, over 2 million views; Senior Software Engineer of Touch of Modern; Four years of working experience at AppDynamics (later acquired by Cisco with 3.7 billion dollars)
Lecturer at UMich School of Engineering; Research Director at UMich Game Design Department; Worked at EA, Facebook, and participated in the development of The Sims 4; Developed a vritual reality project to train American soldiers; Rich experience in managing social media prodcuts; Three-year President of UMich Game Design Club, who led nearly 1000 members and organzied record-breaking Game Jam event and recruiting sessions
Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar Course Assistant for computer science and dicrete maths; "Best Situational APP" in Al Jazeera Hackathon; Second and fourth place in Gulf Programming Competition of consecutive years; Co-founder of Stoooges Education; Rich experience for teaching
Tsinghua University Ph.D. in Deep Reinforcement Learning; Ranked 5 in the final of NIPS 2017; President of Tsinghua University Department of Automation Student Association for Science and Technology; National Scholarship Winner issued by the Ministry of National Education (top 0.2%); Student of Tsinghua University Spark Program for Innovative Talents
2018 is a new beginning. We made everything much better.