Technology & Innovation in the Silicon Valley:
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Eric Stackpole created the OpenROV submarine, an open source, low cost “Remotely Operated Vehicle” (or ROV) underwater robot that can be piloted from the surface and stream live video to its operator. He co-founded OpenROV, Inc., with 2016 National Geographic Emerging Explorer David Lang. Their intention is to democratize underwater exploration by making tools capable of exploring the deep available to anyone. OpenROV has grown into a business that distributes kits for the submarine to researchers, educators, technology enthusiasts, and explorers across the globe. Eric has worked on numerous other projects that utilize telerobotics as a means for exploration, including piloting ROV submarines under the Ross Sea in Antarctica and developing low-cost spacecraft used to carry out scientific missions in low Earth orbit. Eric will join the Technology and Innovation in the Silicon Valley university workshop.
National Geographic Emerging Explorer and grantee Dr. Tierney Thys is a marine biologist and filmmaker studying some of the ocean’s largest animals, including the giant ocean sunfish. She has led and participated in research expeditions worldwide from Alaska to the Galápagos, Indonesia, and Africa. Tierney works with all ages to promote ocean conservation through numerous creative means: from exploring how nature imagery impacts the brain to filmmaking to serving as a digital explorer in National Geographic’s online world, Animal Jam. She is currently working with National Geographic Emerging Explorer Tan Le to study the brain’s response to nature. Tierney will join both departures of the Hawai’i middle school expedition and the Technology and Innovation in the Silicon Valley university workshop.