The SciFoo Conference

Last weekend, I had the great pleasure of attending the legendary Science Foo Camp (SciFoo), an informal discussion, demonstration and debate with over 200 of the leading scientists, technologists, writers and other thought-leaders.

The event was held at the Google headquarters, known as Googleplex, and co-hosted by Google, Nature and O’Reilly Media, one of the leading publishing and event organizations in the field of information technology.

This was my second visit to Googleplex but no less exciting than my first (last year, I attended a conference about education). The atmosphere radiates creativity and passion. I learned that Google brings in a caravan of hairdressers for its employees!

The setting was only outdone by the people I met during my two days there. The room was filled with some of the greatest minds, talking about topics as diverse as the human brain, blogging, astronomy, biodiversity, neuro-technology, social justice, grammar and music (to name a few).

There were debates, disagreements and tons of unanswered questions.

But, I was elated to hear how many people agreed with University of the People, our goals and our approach. To have the support of leaders in the science world is invaluable. Over and over again, people said this is the right time and the right place for University of the People.

What’s the latest theoretical debate you’ve come across?


About President Shai Reshef

Starting in 1989, Shai Reshef served as chairman of the Kidum Group, a test preparation company, which he sold in 2005 to Kaplan, one of the world’s largest education companies. While chairman of Kidum, he built an online university affiliated with the University of Liverpool, enrolling students from more than 100 countries; that business was sold to Laureate, another large for-profit education company, in 2004. A vessel for universal higher education, UoPeople has the enormous potential to function as a global stimulus package, reaching even the most remote and poorest places on earth. Our ultimate mission is to democratize higher education and, if the past two years are any indication, this is not merely a pipe dream.
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1 Response to The SciFoo Conference

  1. Ufuoma says:

    Sure your goals and approach is worth commending. University of the People for the People. God will surely take you to greater height for this wonderful innovation.

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