A total of 12 Dreamers will take part in Imagine Silicon Valley 2017 from July 1st to 31st, which will take place in San Francisco (United States). This is a programme which focuses on disruptive innovation in which Dreamers will work on projects with the help of mentors and experts, and where they will have the chance to visit some of the most emblematic companies in the world, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Tesla, Stanford and Berkeley.
Three young people have been awarded grants by the Foundation. The third person is Rocío Fernández, who is studying History at the University of Oviedo, and she has obtained her chance to go to San Francisco after being named one of the winners of a university talent competition known as CHAMPU, which has been organised by the University.
How did you feel when you first learned that you were an official Dreamer for Imagine Silicon Valley 2017?
Excited, pleased, surprised and very proud. I never dreamed that I would get to go.
And what do you think the programme will be like for you?
Enriching. I think I will learn a lot and it will give me a chance to travel, which is something I love. The most important thing is what you do and how you do it, you need to give it your all.
It is a fantastic opportunity to spend a month in one of the most important tech company hubs in the world, what targets have you set yourself?
To learn as much as I possibly can. To continue improving.
What do you think of the fact that institutions like the University of Oviedo and the Banco Sabadell Foundation are working to support talent and offer these types of opportunities?
It’s incredible. The University alone can’t offer you all of these opportunities, and these initiatives allow us to contribute and do our bit.