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Commercialising ideas and seeing broader opportunities

RUSH CTO and Founder, Danu Abeysuriya spoke to a group of 'bright sparks' earlier today - referring particularly to the commercialisation of ideas and identifying broader opportunities. 

The ideas of the young inventors aged 12-17, ranged from image recognition devices, to medical inventions and physics games. 

The talk, though directed to young inventors, focused on some key ideas for us all:

  • There is an importance in learning through experience and in learning from others - a mentor relationship can aid experiences through the navigation of life and commercial decisions. 
  • Similar to the first point - friends and family play huge roles in these areas and are a huge source of information.
  • Don't tackle a huge problem just because you can/ or because you have it in you - it is key to have a balance in life.


Danu sums up his talk with a somewhat comical but lasting piece of advice for the audience, which he himself had been told: "You are the average of the people you surround yourself with - so, make sure they are smarter than you!"

ASB Bright Sparks has a proud history of supporting New Zealand’s kids to achieve their goals. Whether they’ve got big dreams in Silicon Valley or they want to positively impact the local community, ASB Bright Sparks can help set them on the path to success. Some of the talented young people ASB Bright Sparks has helped springboard to a career in technology.

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