Our three Imagine Silicon Valley 2017 dreamers are already in San Francisco (United States) working on a innovative disruption programme, developing projects with the help of mentors and experts. Sara Caravaca from the ‘Conecta Joven-Conecta Mayores’ programme from Fundación Balia; Rocío Fernández, History student from the University of Oviedo; and Alberto Álvarez, pianist and student from the first Programa de Emprendimiento e Innovación Musical at the Escuela de Música Reina Sofía, form part of the same team to work on the challenge: ‘DREAM BIG’. The challenge is to organise an event with 8,000 young people and 2,000 professors on 30th November at Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona. The event aims to channel their passions and to give them the tools they need to develop their own projects to transform their passions into driving forces to achieve great things.
The first week has been very intense, and as Rocío describes it “not even in a million years could I have imagined a similar experience. Every experience is valuable”. This programme changes the lives of many young people. Sara ensures us that “being able to work in Hero City or in other Co-working spaces is an incredible experience”. One of the things that I am liking a lot is the relationship which we are building between everybody, Staff and Dreamer”. For Albert, the aspect that has had the biggest impact on him is “people’s attitudes, everybody wants to listen to your story, your ideas and projects, and they try to help you however possible. In a short space of time here you realise that it is not the creativity of the people nor the resources, yet the collaborative attitude which makes the difference in comparison to other places”.