Alba Sánchez Vélez
Engineering, Entrepreneurship, and Technology in Madrid, España
I spent three years working for BEST - Board of European Students of Technology. The biggest European student union, founded in 1989 and present in 33 countries, in a total of 95 local BEST groups. I trained, lead and managed our local group through all our challenges, and provided communication, cooperation and exchange possibilities for students all over Europe.
In my current job in the Education and DIY Product Department at BQ, our goal is to change people from being mere consumers of technology to become creators of their own solutions and products. We want to share, help people understand technology, encourage them to use it and inspire them to develop it. We are firmly convinced that technology can help improve the world, make it fairer and more honest. And the way to reach that, is education. As Paulo Freire stated, "Education doesn't change the world. Education changes people. People change the world". And that is our goal.
I believe in the end you only regret those things you never dare to do. That is why I have lived in a Brazilian favela for a year, rode my bike through the mountains sleeping under the open sky, been into the Amazonian jungle with a hammock as a house, got lost in an unespoiled island and found a boat where I lived for two weeks, and now planning my next adventure: walking all around Myanmar and meditate in their Buddhist Temples. Living my life to the fullest, because in the end you realize there are no answers, just stories.
"In life, each person can take one of two attitudes: two build or to plant. The builders might take years over their tasks, but one day, they finish what they’re doing. Then they find they’re hemmed in by their own walls. Life loses its meaning when the building stops.
Then there are those who plant. They endure storms and all the many vicissitudes of the seasons, and they rarely rest. But, unlike a building, a garden never stops growing. And while it requires the gardener’s constant attention, it also allows life for the gardener to be a great adventure.
Gardener’s always recognize one another, because they know that in the history of each plant lies the growth of the whole World.”