I am thrilled to have been recognised by the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng) for my “innovative promotion of engineering to the public” – I was highly commended for the Rooke Award. The Awards committee held up “Dr Rogers as an example of how an individual can leverage the power of social media and the internet to make an impact.” (Press Release on RAEng Website.
It’s great to think that I can, and have, made a difference – just by tweeting factoids that I find interesting and blogging about things I have been playing with and making. ISSWave started as a bit of fun between friends, and is still continuing with many people around the world looking up, and waving to the astronauts aboard the International Space Station, as it passes overhead.
I learnt at Singularity University that current technology means one person can make a huge impact on the world. We sometimes see this in the news in a negative way – “lone gunman kills …” etc., but I believe we can embrace the potential and use it for good. Just look at what Jack Andraka has done. At age 15 he invented an inexpensive and sensitive dipstick-like sensor for the rapid and early detection of pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancers – mainly by hard work and the use of the internet. Here’s his TEDxOrangeCoast talk.
I’ve accepted the challenge to “Positively Affect Lives” tweeting is just a part of it. Sometimes I do wonder if I’m tweeting into a silent ether – so this recognition is wonderful and spurs me on.