Adithya Ganesh(17, Plano, TX) is a computer science student on leave from Stanford. He co-invented IntentSense, an intelligent bionic glove for partial hand amputees. He is interested in using machine learning and predictive analytics to personalize bionics and health care in general.
Alex Koren(19, Bergen County, NJ) is working on the new wave of mobile app monetization strategies. He's a co-founder of Hyv, which is creating a suite of products geared towards non-invasive monetization solutions as an alternative to advertisements in mobile applications.
Alexander Kiselev is a programmer, engineer, and hacker who thinks that the best way to continue the rapid rate of innovation in biotechnology and medicine is to open up the field to every garage, hobbyist, and scientist in developing countries. He is working on making open source scientific equipment which cost anywhere from five to ten times less than existing products by reducing the sales and maintenance overhead while increasing automation, integration, and ease of use. Born in Moscow, Alexander immigrated to the United States at the age of 5 and spent much of his childhood tinkering with computers and electronics while spending summers at his mother's biology labs. He has since seen first hand how the cost of even the most basic scientific equipment stifles innovation and makes original research in biology prohibitive to all but well funded organizations.
Anand dreams of a powerful union between systems biology and computer science, drawing on the ideas of both fields to eliminate human suffering. Through his past work in biotechnology, microscopy, and cloud computing, he has invented a host of systems that will underlie such a union. In the coming years, Anand will be working to harness the power of biomedical images, in the hope of unraveling biology's mysteries while accurately diagnosing disease.
Andrew Brackin co-founded a marketplace for designers that grew to 100k signups and ran Tomorrow's Web, an event for young technologists with major sponsors. He's working on an anonymous hiring platform for technical talent called Ladder.
Andrew founded Airy Labs to create the next generation of social learning games for kids. Airy Labs builds mobile and tablet games, all with a core educational mission to teach kids the things they need to be successful in their lives.
Ari Weinstein (19, Philadelphia, PA) is a software jail-breaker with a passion for making great software. He is working with fellow 2014 Thiel Fellow Conrad Kramer on new types of productivity software, including DeskConnect, which allows users to seamlessly push websites, documents, pictures, and everything else to any device at any time.
Austin Russell has a passion for developing innovative optoelectronic technologies for industry. His projects range from high-efficiency far-field wireless power transmission to low-cost early cancer detection systems. As a fellow, Austin will be focusing on 3D depth mapping and projection of interactive holograms through a compact laser-based module.
Ben wants to expand the breadth of human opportunity. The drive for progress and the excitement of new adventures inspired him to leave Harvard after a single semester and extend his horizons, first by traveling around the world and climbing Kilimanjaro, and now through his startup Sprayable Energy, which aims to radically transform the way we get our energy.
Benjamin Englard(18, Miami, FL) is a computer scientist interested in natural language processing, computer vision, distributed computing, and the synthesis of computer science with other fields. He is working to combine ideas from computer science and psychology with the goal of personalizing technology.
Catherine Ray (17, Alexandria, VA) has a passion for exploring the beauty of mathematics and applying its power to unsolved problems in various fields. In December (2013), she attained her degree (B.S.) in Computational Physics from George Mason University.
Here's a summary of her past and present research: http://rin.io/about-me/
Charlie Stigler is the CTO and Co-Founder of Zaption, the video learning company. Zaption's tools help educators make existing video resources more engaging for students. Zaption is based in downtown San Francisco and has received seed funding from Dr. Michael J. Burry of Scion Capital and the NewSchools Venture Fund. Charlie's previous work includes the open-source Mac focus application SelfControl. He stopped out of Columbia after one year, and now spends his spare time as a competitive long-distance runner and an amateur hang-gliding pilot.
Self-directed learning for the entire world, sustained by technology and inspired by children. This is the future I am creating.
Technology and networked education are shaping our world, and I believe that developing communities would benefit as well from these useful tools. Community Kit is a not-for-profit organization I co-founded whose mission is to provide clean drinking water, networked education to supplement the existing curricula and renewable energy to schools and communities. Waterborne illnesses and limited access to education severely restrict a child's opportunities to grow and learn. We intend to solve these problems with a sustainable solution. When delivering these systems we will be working with the community or school to further their already existing goals. When the children of a community or school have their basic needs fulfilled they then may begin to dream. We believe that by creating self-sufficient communities we not only decrease the load and dependence on the local grid but create an example of a better way of sourcing information and energy sustainably. A Community Kit may be replicated, built, and installed on a mass scale, with almost no maintenance required.
Consider this: We have created an educational delivery mechanism that can take the wealth of human knowledge to the masses. We are building renewable energy systems as mini-grids to solve for the high cost of electrification in remote areas. And waterborne illness is the second greatest cause of death worldwide - 1,800 people die per day in India from diarrhea alone. Community Kit solves these problems.
A Community Kit is affordable and pays for itself in just a few years. It is a solution which delivers sustainability and is 100% sustainable. A solution whose time has come to transform this world into the green and peaceful future we will one day see.
Please contact me if you have any questions: email@example.com
Chris Olah is an aspiring mathematician, largely following a greedy algorithm of pursing interesting problems or projects that seem good for the world.
Chris stopped out of school before the fellowship to document the trial of his hacklab.to colleague, Byron Sonne, a security researcher who was arrested during Toronto's G20 on terrorism-related charges (he was found innocent two years later). When court was not in session, Chris spent his time designing 3D printers, writing software to visualize mathematics with 3D printers, and working on random things like a a 3D-printable vacuum cleaner and a procedure for producing lenses with 3d printers (published in the Open Hardware Journal).
Chris' fellowship started with him continuing his work on 3D printing. In particular, he worked on ImplicitCAD (github), a programmatic CAD tool. After several months, he shifted to a new project, mech.ly, in collaboration with Rob Gilson. mech.ly was a more conventional CAD tool, with geometric constraints, but running in a web browser. It aimed to add collaborative editing, and an extremely powerful paramaterization system based on interpreting CAD models as a functional programming language. On the side, Chris did a fewneat proof of concept Haskell projects.
Starting in the summer of 2013, Chris became very excited about Deep Learning, an approach to machine learning that has recently achieved break through results in pattern recognition problems. He initially worked with Michael Nielsen on hyper-parameters in neural networks. Later, he began work in a number of other directions, including generalizing convolutional neural networks with group theory, connections between neural networks and topology, and conditional neural networks. Chris also spent some time visiting the LISA group at the University of Montreal. While none of Chris' neural network results have been published in a peer-reviewed medium yet, some have been presented in blog posts and talks at Google and Stanford.
Chris is honored to have served hacklab.to as one of its directors during his fellowship.
As his fellowship ends, Chris is considering a number of paths going forward, including independent scholarship, offers to join industry research groups, and offers to start a PhD. Chris will be spending the summer as an intern in Jeff Dean's group at Google, researching neural networks, and then move on from there.
(With the end of his fellowship, this page will no longer be updated. For more recent information, please refer to Chris' projects on github, his old blog, and his new blog)
Christopher Walker is a video game designer, programmer, and artist. After leaving college to start a software company, he created a game designed to improve spatial cognition. As a Thiel Fellow, Chris will focus on developing interactive software to teach technical skills like programming, music, and mathematics.
Clay grew up in North Carolina and attended Berkeley for ten weeks before dropping out to pursue startups. He works on software that allows non-technical folks to build apps on smartphones and tablets which make their lives better.
Conrad Kramer (17, Philadelphia, PA) taught himself to program at age 13, and hasn’t stopped since. He is currently working with 2014 Thiel Fellow Ari Weinstein to develop new types of productivity software for mobile devices, including DeskConnect, which allows users to seamlessly push websites, documents, pictures, and everything else to any device at any time.
Dan is co-founder of Thinkful, the online school that uses one-on-one tutoring and personalized curricula to help students rapidly learn employable skills. Thinkful uses each student’s current skill-set, goals and schedule to build a custom curriculum of learning materials and projects.
We're hiring! If you care about future of education, think of yourself as a life-long learner and teacher at the same time, and want to join a quickly growing startup in NYC, send me a note. Even if none of the positions listed match you, please do reach out; we're always open to exceptional talent.
Dan previously worked at RRE Ventures and at Elm City Labs. Before taking leave for the fellowship, Dan studied Ethics, Politics, and Economics at Yale.
Darren Lim came to love scientific innovation while studying in China, and remains a consumer at heart who is obsessed with cutting-edge gadgets. He is currently working on a startup to improve how we interact with technology.
Diwank Singh Tomer stopped out of his college in India to work on an online platform for learning to code. Aside from his love of poetry, he is an exceptional hacker and engineer who was awarded the Mozilla WebFWD fellowship for his efforts to improve learning online. He has since moved to the Bay Area to further his efforts and is currently working on a platform that aims to organize the world's knowledge and make it accessible to everyone.
Dylan is building a browser based photo editing tool with his friend Evan Wallace. In the past he has worked at Flipboard, O'Reilly Media, Indinero, Microsoft Research and LinkedIn. He is currently stopped out of his Junior year at Brown where he studied Mathematics and Computer Science.
Learn more at dylanfield.com.
Eden Full is an aspiring maker. She is the inventor of the SunSaluter, a low-cost mechanism that optimizes solar panels while providing clean water for rural, off-grid communities in nine countries. Named one of the 30 under 30 in Forbes’ Energy category three years in a row (2012-2014) and Ashoka’s Youth Social Entrepreneur of the Year (2012), Eden is a rising senior in Mechanical Engineering at Princeton University, after taking gap years as a part of the Thiel Fellowship’s inaugural class (2011). A finalist in the 2014 Rolex Awards for Enterprise, the SunSaluter won the Westly Prize (2012), Mashable/UN Foundation Startups for Social Good Challenge (2011) and was awarded the runner-up prize at the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge (2011). While at Princeton, Eden helped launch the social innovation movement on campus by starting and curating the very first TEDxPrincetonU (2010), as well as co-reviving the Princeton Gap Year Network (2013) to provide support and raise awareness for the value of taking gap years before/during university. Proudly Canadian, she was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta. To give back for all of the support she has received over the years, Eden speaks about her experiences in schools and youth programs everywhere from West Philadelphia to rural Indonesia. Eden was selected to be the coxswain for the 2012 Rowing Canada Aviron senior women’s development team, where they won a gold medal at Holland Beker and the Remenham Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta, beating the German, French, Dutch, Australian and British national teams.
Eric has a bachelor's degree in economics from Arizona State University and is interested in applying economic principles to solve problems in finance, marketing, and the developing world. Eric draws on his background working with large data sets for hedge funds, equity research firms, and the Federal Reserve Bank to approach problems in a scientific and quantitative fashion.
Gary Kurek has been developing mobility aids for physically-disabled citizens for the last four years. Seeing his grandmother weakened by cancer led Gary to invent a walker-wheelchair hybrid that can provide power to assist its user according to how strong she feels at any moment. This flexibility allows users to restore their strength, instead of growing dependent on a substitute. Gary is currently working on expanding the versatility of his mobility aids, making them lighter, foldable, and capable of navigating any home environment including staircases. Gary hails from Alberta, Canada, and is the 19-year-old founder of GET Mobility Solutions.
Gary is passionate about technology and entrepreneurship, and currently interested in the cryptocurrency space. He aims to bring cryptocurrency use into the mainstream, and is building a next-generation cryptocurrency exchange and trading platform.
Grace Gee (19, Port Lavaca, TX) co-founded her start-up CortexML with a fellow Harvard classmate, Eugene Wang, to make data analysis more intuitive and simple. She was pursuing a joint bachelors and masters in computer science at Harvard before becoming a Thiel Fellow.
Ilya wants to revolutionize the way the technology and health care communities work together. He is working to create a more open and transparent health care system, drastically lowering the cost of care and empowering patients to make better decisions.
James Schuler started his first company when he was 12 and hasn't stopped since. In high school he founded a health care company called Eligible and attended Y-Combinator as one of its youngest entrepreneurs. Recently, James left Eligible in order to focus on a bigger market: politics. As a Thiel Fellow, James will work to improve crowd funding in order to revolutionize the campaign finance market.
Jarred Sumner(18, Lafayette, CA) wants to build tools that lower the barriers to entry for starting new companies. Previously, he built Selfstarter, an open-source DIY crowdfunding site that startups have used to raise $10,000,000.
In 2009, with a friend Jim converted a Porsche 924s to electric. Since then, Jim has been interested in how electric vehicles can change transportation. He has built power electronics for the vehicles and is now working on an electric motor. It's a brushless dc motor without rare earth magnets. In little time it will be in the most efficient vehicles on the road.
The effort needed to modify software is frequently far out-of-proportion to the conceptual difficulty; as the year 2000 rolled around, companies spent hundreds of billions to change the number of digits used to store a year. Jimmy has been working on applying techniques from formal methods and program analysis in order to close the gap, and founded Tarski Technologies to commercialize automated bug-fixing technology such as that developed by Weimer et al. and Kim et al. He has degrees in Computer Science and Mathematics, both from Carnegie Mellon University, and in 2015 will join the Computer Assisted Programming group at MIT as a Ph.D. student specializing in the field of automated program synthesis.
When I applied to the Thiel Fellowship, I believed that the future of technology lay in space. I spent the bulk of my Fellowship researching space technology (with a focus on asteroid mining and more general space colonization proposals) and interning at various related startups (such as a NASA contractor designing a lunar lander and a startup microsatellite company). I even spent three months doing basically nothing but reading old papers on nuclear rockets.
But somewhere along the way I caught the startup bug, taught myself how to code, and now I work on web tech. C'est la vie. My current project is urbit.org. We've been told it's alien code. Check it out. A new life awaits you in the off-world colonies!
Kaushik Tiwari (19 New Delhi, India) is working to improve health care. As a Thiel Fellow, Kaushik hopes to create a technology interface that changes the hospital-patient relationship and solves the problems of transparency and efficiency
I focus on large impact projects with high technical merit. My talent lies in viewing problems through different disciplinary lenses and finding points of convergence. I'm largely self-taught, and began my career in research in my early teens. My past projects include: antibiotic resistance counter-agents, biophysical investigations of bacterial nanowires, and nantenna based electromagnetic energy harvesters. My current focus is developing a next generation DNA synthesis platform to accelerate the design-build-test cycle in synthetic biology.
Kevin Wang began developing games and applications when he was 9. Since then, he has moved into entrepreneurship, applying his highly technical background to solve bigger problems. As a Thiel Fellow, he aims to simplify the world of law and open source software to end the wasteful litigation epidemic.
Laura is studying theoretical neuroscience. Her favorite questions are the ones involving "salience distinctions," the moments at which the brain has to make choices about which pieces of information to favor and which to neglect before it stores a long-term memory, enforces to a course of action, or grooves basic instincts in early childhood. Most recently she has been interested in the salience distinction made when the brain sorts new sensory input into conscious and unconscious processing modes.
Laura went to high school at the University School of Milwaukee as a Caroline D. Bradley Scholar and stopped out of Williams College in December of 2011. She spent the 2012 – 2013 academic year in residence at UWM’s Neural Circuits and Memory Lab, combining electrophysiology and optogenetic methods to study hippocampal pyramidal neurons in rats. Now she lives in Haight-Ashbury, where she works with library privileges and a whiteboard.
Laura Deming wants to extend the human lifespan for a few more centuries—at the very least. She started working in a biogerontology lab when she was 12, matriculated at MIT when she was 14, and now at 17 plans on disrupting the current research paradigm by changing the incentives embedded in today’s traditional funding structures.
Lucy Guo(19, Pleasanton, CA) is a designer and software engineer who has been creating profitable websites since 6th grade. Last summer, she worked at Endless Mobile, creating software for developing world countries. This summer, she's interning at Facebook as a software engineer. In her spare time, she enjoys attending hackathons, winning several awards from her projects.
After building educational software for developing countries, she decided that she wanted to make studying fun for everybody. She took her PennApps 2014 project and decided to make it real. During her fellowship, Lucy will be working on creating a platform that will allow students to study their schoolwork through customizable multiplayer games.
M. C. McGrath (20, Boston, MA) makes free software to help investigative journalists uncover corruption and human rights abuses by rapidly analyzing documents without coding. M. C. is also an Echoing Green Fellow. Previously, he graduated from Boston University with a BA in civic technology and did research at the MIT Media Lab.
Maddy Maxey began interning in the fashion industry when she was 16 for companies like Tommy Hilfiger, Donna Ricco, Peter Som, and Nylon Magazine. After founding a popular fashion blog while in France and then winning a scholarship from the CFDA & Teen Vogue for her work, she started a clothing company of her own. As a Thiel Fellow, Maddy will focus on R&D in the wearables and computation design space through her company, CRATED.
Mark Daniel co-founded social goal achievement site GoalHawk in 2011. Since then, he has been building StatusHawk, a workplace accountability tool that changes the way that companies handle status reports. As a Thiel Fellow, Mark will focus on building this early stage company into a profitable and sustainable business.
Martin Stoyanov (17, Novi Pazar, Bulgaria) is developing software aimed to fundamentally change the way people consume email on the go by enhancing the UI of email inboxes to maximize time and efficiency.
Nelson Zhang has always loved making things. He has been tinkering with electronics since he was 10, and designed, manufactured, and sold several hardware products during high school and college. He is currently working on a desktop fabricator for electronics, aimed at lowering iteration time and costs for hardware companies. He hopes to make the design and production of physical things accessible to everyone.
Noor Siddiqui is working on ventures to activate the untapped human capital in the bottom billion. Current explorations: commercial surrogacy, alternative education models, and mobile technology. She believes in transforming the way the world responds to persistent poverty and increasing inequality by reducing dependency and encouraging sustainable cooperation.
Omar is devoted to building useful technology. He's working on pulling together big datasets to visualize social and economic trends and improve decision-making. He's worked on a number of cool projects and even once got a cease-and-desist letter from a major corporation for one of them.
Paul had completed 3 years of credits at Yale University when he decided to pursue the Thiel Fellowship. He has a deep interest in questions of efficiency and in using market principles to make life better. Paul has previously worked for D.E. Shaw & Co., several social enterprises, and a few start-ups. He has always liked to take initiative on building things, whether it was making a simple website in high school to share advice with younger students, or writing himself a program to do research on investment ideas during his sophomore year at Yale.
Paul Sebexen grew up in New York City and studied Mathematics at the City University of New York College of Staten Island and later Computer Science and Nanomaterials at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He currently lives in the Oakland Hills, is working on two early-stage companies, and maintains research interests in a variety of fields.
Evolutionary Solutions, cofounded in 2011 with Thiel Fellow Kettner Griswold, is focused on building the next generation of DNA synthesis technology with the vision of accelerating research in synthetic biology and encouraging the future of "apps" to be synthetic and genetically-engineered organisms. Paul and Kettner currently conduct research at the Molecular Foundry at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and are always happy to discuss ideas with interested students and researchers.
REX Computing, started by Thiel Fellow Thomas Sohmers, aims to revolutionize the space of High Performance Computing. Initial work is focused on improving efficiency, performance and scalability of computation. This relies on a vertical of efforts, from innovations in processor architecture design, to system design and software tools which will allow the capabilities of the new hardware to be used. REX Headquarters is currently in the South Bay, near Palo Alto.
Some of Paul's current and past research projects and fields of interest include:
Modeling of Physical Systems: Structural biology, molecular dynamics; quantum chemistry, DFT variants and similar; theoretical ecology and systems biology, population dynamics. Preference for semi-analytical approaches.
Computer Hardware: Semiconductors, VLSI, nanofab, new materials research, photonics in communication.
Software: Simulation, kernel development, compiler design and optimization, language theory, static analysis and binary translation, computer vision, machine learning.
Rebecca Jolitz(19, Los Gatos, CA) hopes to revolutionize the satellite development cycle. She is a researcher-entrepreneur with a family background in aerospace and holds degrees in physics and mathematics from UC Berkeley.
Riley is interested in scientific communication and data analysis, with a background in Immunology-- she began research rotations at Johns Hopkins Hospital when she was just 15.
She's currently working to change the way that scientific data is published, disseminated and evaluated with the end goals of increased transparency and reproducibility of results.
Riley Ennis is a biotechnology and healthcare entrepreneur who is focused on revamping the broken infrastructure of the industry through personalized devices and therapies. He is founder of a biotechnology startup, Immudicon, based on idea he had in high school for a cancer vaccine that he validated through research collaborations at Georgetown University and Children’s National Medical Center. The vaccine has been recognized by CNN, Google X, TEDxJ&J, Bloomberg, ABC, the American Society of Microbiology, Fox News, the GE Focus Forward Competition, the Intel International Science Fair, and the National Young Inventors Gallery. Currently he is working with established industry partners to move the cancer vaccine into the clinic. In addition he is collaborating with international research and investment groups on a preemptive cancer diagnostics project.
Before starting the Thiel Fellowship in 2013, Riley was a rising Junior at Dartmouth College, pursuing a double major in economics and biology, and he worked at the Dartmouth Hitchcock-Medical Center on cancer nanotechnology research projects as a Dartmouth Science Scholar.
Ritesh Agarwal is one of the youngest entrepreneurs from India to raise angel investments. He runs OYO Inns, a chain of affordable, tech-enabled inns, and Oravel, a rising popular alternative to hotels in India. As a Thiel Fellow, Ritesh will use technology to bring affordable and standardized accommodations to emerging economies across the world, starting in India.
Ritik Malhotra is a hacker at heart, having started to program at the early age of eight. In middle school, Ritik started a profitable web hosting company and a web forum that grew to over 32,000 members within the first nine months. Having attended UC Berkeley, Ritik co-started Hackers@Berkeley, a 500+ member community that promotes building and hacking, and has completed over six technical internships, including one at Twitter last summer. Ritik is now a co-founder of Greply, a venture-backed startup in the Silicon Valley, and is tackling problems in the e-commerce space.
Ryan is on a mission to make computers and mobile devices...suck less. He founded his first startup during his Freshman year and won multiple awards. An advocate for Lean Startup philosophy, Ryan moved to San Francisco in October after attending Startup School and has mentored and judged local startup events.
Shantanu Bala (19, Phoenix, AZ) is developing a system for using a real-time video and audio feed to convey visual facial expressions and auditory cues using a series of vibrations across a user's skin. His research aims to expand the potential scope of information that can be extracted and conveyed using digital sensors and haptic actuators.
Spencer Hewett has wanted to be an inventor since he was three years old and has worked on projects ranging from synthetic organic chemistry to intelligent physical advertising systems. His latest invention seeks to eliminate both checkout lines and shoplifting, revolutionizing the shopping experience.
Sujay was one of the youngest students at Harvard, until he left during his Junior Year. For six years since the age of 11, Sujay conducted biofuel research surrounding the conversion of cellulose to ethanol for which he won the International Energy Olympiad and was named one of the Top Young Scientists across New York. Since then, he and his older brother, Sheel Tyle - now a Venture Capitalist - have co-founded and ran ReSight, Inc. - a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to eradicating blindness.
With the Thiel Fellowship, Sujay will lead Business Development and Strategy at Los Angeles based start-up, Scopely.
Tara Seshan believes that uniting public health and technology will make the seemingly unrealizable goals in the field realities. After researching developing world health systems in Southeast Asia and working with startups in Silicon Valley, Tara wants to create tangible tools to change the industries.
Thomas Hunt(17, Saratoga, CA) wants to cure cancer. He spent three years at the SENS Research Foundation studying Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres (ALT), a mechanism that is suggested to be indirectly responsible for all cancers. He is using automated high-throughput drug screening to find drugs that can reduce ALT activity.
Thomas Sohmers is a technology geek and hardware hacker who has been working at a MIT research lab since he was 13, developing everything from augmented reality eyewear to laser communication systems. Currently, Thomas is working on developing a new computing platform that uses very low powered processors in a cluster to transform the server, cloud, and research computing industries.
Tom Currier's dream is to become a successful inventor, and after starting his first business at nine, he began to use entrepreneurship as a creative outlet. Passionate about renewable energy, Currier co-founded Black Swan Solar two years ago to commercialize an invention that will fundamentally disrupt utility scale solar. Please checkout the following website for more information: http://www.sandbox-network.com/meet-a-sandboxer/meet-a-sandboxer-tom-currier/
Tony is always excited in solving problems with no one right answer. He enjoys problems in interdisciplinary Computer Science. Currently, he is working on solving Computer Vision, with a specific focus on biological images.
Vitalik Buterin (20, Toronto, Canada) has been captivated by Bitcoin and the crypto-currency space for some time. He is now working full-time on developing Ethereum, a peer-to-peer network that any application can use and access and a mobile and desktop client to allow people to build advanced decentralized applications and use them in a platform that is as convenient as a web browser.
William LeGate is an entrepreneur and computer scientist. He taught himself programming at age 14 from online Stanford lectures and has since created more than a dozen mobile apps which have been downloaded more than 5 million times and are now used by 1 in 16 American teens. During his fellowship, he plans to change the way that we discover apps for things around us.
Xinyi is using 3D computer vision technology to change the video surveillance industry in China. Specifically, she builds software for face detection and recognition that will be deployed in banks. Xinyi grew up in Beijing, and prior to the fellowship she was a math major at Princeton University.
Zach Hamed (website, Twitter) is originally from New York City and was a junior at Harvard studying computer science before joining the Thiel Fellowship. Zach is applying his interest in user interface and experience design to enterprise software. As a Thiel Fellow, Zach is working on Bowery, an easy way to create and manage software development environments at both large and small companies.