Google for Entrepreneurs launched its collaboration with Shared_Studios last week, so I popped by Campus London to experience it for myself.
Shared_Studios brought a Portal to London in partnership with Google for Entrepreneurs and in celebration of the seventh Global Entrepreneurship Summit. Hosted in Campus London, the Portal was open for the three-day summit along with three other locations: Stanford University, Campus Seoul and Central (tech hub partner in Mexico City). The purpose of the project was to connect policy makers, entrepreneurs and innovators so that they could share ideas, gain a whole new outlook and find fresh new collaborations.
I arrived during the Portal’s debut as it was synced with Campus Seoul.
Among the audience were budding young entrepreneurs including:
- Josephine Goube, COO at Techfugees and Co-Managing Director at Girls in Tech UK, who was there to connect with Seoul
- Josh Babarinde, Chief Executive of Cracked It
- Amrit Kaur Lohia, Global Youth Ambassador for A World At School and Founder of Humanised
Josh and Amrit attended in the evening to connect with Stanford and meet with Rick Stengel, Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy & Public Affairs and ex-Managing Editor of TIME magazine. The three spoke about the importance of social entrepreneurship. Josh later reflected on the discussion, “Speaking to Rick Stengel via the Portal is a perfect demonstration of how technology like this can make information sharing a million times easier and make others across the world – not least government officials – infinitely more accessible. I can’t wait to hear about the amazing relationships that the Portal will be able to foster across the world.”
Amrit then shared more about the experience, “The fact that immersive technology used in this way can humanise the experiences of individuals and communities around the world is empowering. I felt empowered to empower! I cannot wait to see this developed and be implemented into social action, education and the arts.”
London’s Portal had 11 slots in total for the Summit, 80 per cent of which were booked out within an hour. Connor Swenson, Google’s Campus London Marketing Manager, spoke on the project he helped build: “London is a global city, so it’s no surprise that we’ve had an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response to the Portal at Campus London. Our community is full of entrepreneurs, doers and dreamers looking to go global, and we at Google are always looking for innovative new ways to connect our community with a global audience.”
Shared_Studios have opened Portals all over the world, particularly in the U.S., the Middle East and parts of Latin America – hosting incredible discussions and arts performances and simultaneously breaking down the divide between cultures through shared experiences.
Since launching in December 2014, Portals have facilitated moments including renowned documentary filmmaker, Morgan Spurlock, sharing advice with an Iranian filmmaking student and U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, speaking to a 13-year-old Syrian refugee, Sidra, living in the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan.I was able to have a quick chat with Seoul’s Portal curator during my experience – a really great and interesting experience. I want more people to have this experience too, so hopefully Portals will find a permanent location in London soon – watch this space!