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CP Europe - Day 3: Get started
Day 3 of Campus Party Europe 2013 started out in much the same way as day 2 – thousands of eyes that were a little bleary, yet filled with excitement for what lay ahead.
Today’s theme was Entrepreneurship, and who better to start the day’s sessions on the Gutenberg stage than our very own digital startup incubator, Wayra, with a masterclass in perfecting your pitch to investors, customers, the dog – pretty much anyone who will listen! Meanwhile, over on Galileo, Will Jackson held a useful session on robotics, with the help of a very special guest. RoboThespian is the creation of Will’s company, Engineered Arts, and is a particularly impressive example of a humanoid robot. Read more about Will’s session HERE.
The lunchtime keynote speech on the main stage was delivered by none other than Vint Cerf – one of the ‘fathers of the internet’ and arguably one of technology’s most respected individuals. Campuseros were treated to an insight into some of the projects he’s involved with, such as fully autonomous vehicles and the Interplanetary Internet – which some of our delegates may one day find themselves lucky enough to work on…
Later in the day, a few surprise guests called to discuss the importance of technology to entrepreneurialism. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne MP told of their hopes for a generation of digital entrepreneurs, with Mr Osborne announcing that from 2014, computer coding would form part of the National Curriculum. He also confided in us that his first computer was a Sinclair ZX81.
When darkness fell, our favourite beatboxer – Beardyman – held a compelling session, during which he talked about the technology behind his music before treating campuseros to an impromptu performance which was, as always, brilliantly entertaining.
As day 3 drew to a close, the bleary yet excited eyes were still evident – an inevitability when you’re at a 24-hour, 5-day technology event that’s so full of inspiration to Make Things Do Stuff.