Now that the jet lag has settled, it’s time for he post exosphere wrap-up.
The quick questions:
Was it worth it? Yes.
Would you do it again? Yes.
Would you recommend it to a friend? Yes, repeatedly.
It was a strange month at Exosphere, down in beautiful Reñaca Beach. Layers within layers, man. Turns out that most of the people attending had no idea why they were going. Now, this may seem odd, until you consider most people feel this way about going to school, or their job, a lot of things.
The interesting bit was that instead of just teaching you things, a good part of being there was to helping people figure out why they were there. This flies in the face of convention. I’m not joking. You go to university, and people are basically like, “Well you’re here cause you need to be here, I mean, it’s university, that’s what you do”.
One week left at Exosphere and I’m more busy than I’ve been in years.
When this is all said and done and I’m on a plane back to the United States, I’ll write up a review, hash out the experience. It’ll be a long one.
In the meantime, as an offshoot of the whole entrepreneurial spirit, get an idea and run with it type of thing, we’ve been writing… what do you call it? Fan fics about our life here? I don’t know. We’ve basically decided to take the time here and make into a story ecosystem.
It’s been two weeks here at Exosphere Hydra III and I can say that I am pretty amazed. I mean, I was excited, but it has been a really interesting and impressive experience so far.
More on that later. I’d like to talk to you about the website updates.
You might have noticed that there have been some updates to the site. A new theme, but a lot of it is under the hood. In the long run, it will make life easier for everyone. The comments section has had a complete overhaul and I encourage people to give it a whirl and let me know if they find any issues. Most of it has to do with being able to subscribe to replies to further conversation, and more tools to block the 3k spam bots that decided to descend upon the site last night.
There was a really great comment on the previous post about logistics for doing something like educational tourism. It’s all well to talk a good game, but seeing some numbers and maybe a plan might help.
For those of you with those questions, this post is for you. Numbers are at the bottom.
I was talking with a friend a while back about this group called Exosphere LINK, and he brought up the idea of “Science Education Tourism”. That is, traveling to places where people have an awesome setup and getting hands on experience. This was when he was on his way down to Grindfest, which is a bi annual meetup of diy bodyhackers and future tech enthusiasts. I think you guys know about it.