12 August 2014

Keynote Elliott Kotek Captivates SIGGRAPH 2014 Attendees


Elliott Kotek, co-founder of Not Impossible Labs, gave an outstanding keynote presentation yesterday at SIGGRAPH 2014. Sharing that volunteerism is near and dear to his heart, Kotek told the audience about 14-year-old Daniel, a refuge in war-torn South Sudan, who had both arms amputated as a result of a terrible bombing. Unfortunately, Daniel is only one of 50,000 amputees. Kotek and his team, determined to help Daniel, outfitted the young man with an arm using a 3D printer, allowing Daniel to feed himself for the first time in 2 years.

While the original goal was to help Daniel, the ultimate objective is to "Help One. Help Many." Locals were instructed on how to use the 3D printers so that other amputees will also have the opportunity for a better quality of life. Hence, Project Daniel was born.

Here's the YouTube link to that video:

Kotek's message is simple. Technology can have an immense impact on humanity. He encouraged all SIGGRAPH 2014 attendees to find their own "Daniel" and placed importance on community responsibility.

“Everyone has access to tools," Kotek said, "You don’t need permission to be innovative.”

To learn more, visit www.notimpossiblelabs.com or view "Project Daniel".

Follow Kotek on Social Media:

  • @notimposs
  • Facebook: NotImpossible
  • Instagram: Not ImpossibleNow

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