the only Malaysian at MIT Media Lab's Junior Summit was indeed
exciting for Gerald Tan. Awed by personalities and armed with
ideas, he had high expectations.
was a tad disappointed. For starters, he felt that there was
a division between Asians and Caucasians, although Nation1
declared all persons to be equal -- which he thought was unrealistic.
at the summit tend to talk a lot but were not getting organised,
he says, adding that everyone was proposing ideas and no one
was making decisions.
someone should be put in charge of Nation1, and we had to
get away from the discussions and start doing stuff.''
of mulling on its shortcomings, Gerald continued to work for
the Nation1 ideals.
scariest bit was standing on a construction plank to make
a speech to a 100-strong audience,'' he says.
also had the opportunity to work with the vice-chairman of
the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), John Perry Barlow,
which turned out to be an interesting experience.
Summit is a programme run under the auspices of the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology's Media Laboratory. The programme
is sponsored by Lego, Swatch, Acer and Citibank.