Left to right: Kevin Schmitz, Aaron Schmitz, Gautam Gupta, and Aneesh Dogra
Well, day 1 touring Silicon Valley is done. Today I toured Intel, met with the developers at Khan Academy, and got my luggage back from United. Tomorrow I’ll be visiting LinkedIn, Mozilla, and Facebook before visiting a reception hosted by Google.
Although Intel was our first tour out of about fifteen we have scheduled, it will be hard to beat. We (me, my dad, Aneesh Dogra, and Gautam Gupta) arrived at Intel at 10:50am and checked in with security. We were immediately met by 3 Intel employees including Bruce Horn – who worked on the development of the first Mac, developed the Macintosh Finder, and had his signature molded into the case of the Apple Macintosh 128K alongside those of greats like Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak.
These three engineers talked with us while we were given a thirty minute guided tour of the Intel Museum. From there, we were ushered into a lounge area within the Intel Headquarters where we talked about Intel with the three engineers and watched them demo their Intel Android phones for about thirty minutes.
Next the engineers took us to the Perceptual Computing Lab where we met with a fourth engineer who spent twenty minutes demonstrating some cool projects they were working on with facial recognition, speech recognition, natural language processing, and smartphone controlled PC’s.
We continued with the original three engineers to a conference room where two members of Intel’s Interaction and Experience Research (IXR) Lab talked about user experience research at Intel and two additional engineers demoed cool new smartphone applications that I’m not really supposed to talk about.
After the people from IXR left, we spent ten or fifteen minutes talking about all the opportunities at Intel before we traded contact information and head for the exit. After we turned in out guest badges, one of the engineers even took a photo of our group in front on the Intel sign. Today Intel definitely moved up on my list of companies to work for!
After lunch, the four of us headed to Khan Academy’s offices (Khan Academy provides 1000′s of wildly popular instructional videos on a wide variety of educational topics such as Algebra in addition to creating open-source education software). Unfortunately (as we knew in advance), Salman Khan himself was out of town giving a commencement address at MIT, but we still got to meet a handful of developers and designers at Khan Academy who talked about Khan Academy’s goals and future before shifting gears and giving us demos of three or four exciting new features that their team is working on. Surprisingly, this time of year almost half their team is interns, and they have a ton of new projects in the loop! I definitely added Khan Academy to my list of places to apply for a job next fall.