When Margery Hexton was 68 years old, in 1994, she moved from her home in Chicago to the rural Hawaiian island of Kauai to be near her daughter and grandchildren during retirement. Although her family was there, she left behind friends and a deeply rooted life. The way she coped, the bridge to her new life and community, was volunteering.
As a Silicon Valley native, Terence Lee is no stranger to technology. Although he grew up next to tech giants like Google and Apple, 16-year-old Terence noticed the considerable digital divide within the United States – and even within the San Francisco Bay Area itself. “With the rapid advancements in computer technology, individuals, schools and companies regularly refresh their computer hardware and software to keep up with their work,” said Terence. “At the same time, many students from low-income families do not have easy access to computers, even with the abundance of outdated computers often slated for electronic waste.”
In 2001, Rene King’s newborn daughter Rikki was diagnosed with Kabuki Syndrome, a rare and complex genetic disorder that affects approximately 1 in every 32,000 births. Rene knew that the road ahead would not be an easy one; but she had no idea how many lives she would eventually touch through her family’s experience with Rikki’s condition.
While siblings Gabriel and Chandler Wimmer celebrated their first-place at the 2014 VEX IQ Robotics World Championship in Anaheim, California, something struck them as odd. The competition hosted more than 10,000 teams from around the world, but the brothers were curious why they didn’t see more teams there – given that there are tens of thousands of elementary and secondary schools in the United States alone.