This is the age of the maker.
There is no denying that at this time in human history, makers have the power to do extraordinary things – building social networks that connect billions of people, designing new medical technologies that save lives, and creating cars that can drive themselves.
The increasing accessibility of educational technology platforms, largely in the form of open source hardware and software systems, has given people around the world new ways to tinker. Makers are people who use these technologies to make something because they want to, not because they have to.
As far as technologists go, I’m young. I’m currently wrapping up my Master’s degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell University. Yet, in just the last 5 years that I’ve spent immersing myself in academic study, I’ve seen an astounding flourishing of people around the world realizing what I had the fortune of discovering when I was about 10 years old: You have to be the change you want to see in the world.
Being a maker empowers you to be that change by giving you the tools you need to do amazing things. Now, here’s the twist: any person can be a maker, and you can start TODAY.