Reporter Patrick Wu gives his reflection of the events.
In the 21st century, wave after wave of new consumer trends and needs are demonstrated in the areas of digitalized service, energy, and healthcare; technology and business are more integrated than ever before. Opportunities bloom one after another, and many speakers at the National Business and Technology Conference (NBTC) have iterated their abundance in today’s world and why it is key to grasp them now. And that’s where start-up companies come in: instead of waiting, one can choose to grasp the opportunities at hand by formulating their own ideas of improving the current state of the world. NBTC, to me, was an intriguing anatomy class on start-up businesses, their formulation, and the long and arduous processes that led them to what they are today. As a first year engineering student, it was a very paradigm-shifting experience in a design process. To me, the process of idea generation and elimination has always been to solve the problem specified by someone, be it the ESP Office or our client. It has rarely occurred to me the amount of potential that ideas themselves hold. Ideas are flexible. They can be scaled up and down to whatever we want them to be. From websites that have efficient algorithms of finding roommates to 3D organ printers that are used for surgery preparation, the NBTC has shown how these intangible, abstract ideas can be conceptualized and marketed. After spending almost three days with a group of students who took the initiative to materialize their ideas and made real changes in the communities around them, I think I’ve finally understood the power of ideas.