The Tech Challenge presented by Cisco is always one of the best weekends of the year at The Tech Museum of Innovation, and this year is no exception. More than 2,000 kids participated in the final event after months of work to perfect their devices.
If you were here, you saw it all — joy, heartbreak, elation, surprise, relief, satisfaction. Most of all, you were inspired by the extraordinary ingenuity and innovation of our young people, who were asked to design a building to withstand an earthquake. A future in which these kids use their skills to solve the world’s great challenges is a bright one indeed.
More than 600 volunteers shared their time and expertise with The Tech Challenge team and the student participants. Multiple Silicon Valley companies sponsor the event, including Aruba Networks, SAP, EMC, Intel, the Motorola Solutions Foundation and Samsung. We extend our sincere thanks to each person and organization for their support.
Thank you to in particular to Cisco, our Presenting Sponsor for the past five years. The experience these kids have had would not have been possible without you.
And we are absolutely thrilled to welcome EMC, our Presenting Sponsor for the next five years.
We can’t wait to see everyone back in 2016, when The Tech Challenge Takes Flight! Stay tuned for details.
The 2015 Challenge
Seismic Engineering in Action
In the past 40 years the population of California has almost doubled, and the U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by 2025 the state's population will increase by another 6 million people. Like many places, the Bay Area, with its geographical limitations and close proximity to major fault lines, presents a great challenge for urban planners who need to accommodate more people while making sure buildings can withstand large earthquakes. Where do we put all these people, and how do we keep them safe?
The Challenge: Build an earthquake-safe structure!