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Simon Zirui Guo

Student Maker, Inventor, Researcher

Tl;dr

Studies Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley, taking a mix of engineering and philosophy classes

Hacker by night and weekend, prototyped at 29+ hackathons since 14-years-old

Lowering entry barriers in technology, currently teaching courses on Blockchain and Distributed Systems

Built hardware products such as neural interfaces (launched to market), farm robots, and genetic sequencers

Helping entrepreneurs build companies and products at HAX and Berkeley Blockchain Xcelerator

♥ Coffee, biking, and classics

About Me

Hi there!

I am a technologist and maker dedicated to improving the world through my creations. I had designed and built numerous products and prototypes (hardware and software) through internships, side projects, and hackathons (29 so far). Currently, I am pursuing a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley.


I am currently looking for internship and research opportunities for the summer of 2020. Please feel free to contact me!


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Current and Past Roles


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HAX by SOSV

2019.6 - 2019.8

Shenzhen, China

Mechatronics Engineering & Venture Intern

Built Mechatronics prototypes for portfolio companies and helped out with investments for the World's first and largest Hardware Accelerator.


Interaxon

2018.6 - 2018.8

Toronto, Canada

R&D Intern

Designed software architecture that turn biometrics to sound for Muse 2, the second generation of the Muse brain-sensing headband and most advanced consumer brain-computer interfaces on market.

Fellowship

Blockchain at Berkeley

2019.9 - Now

San Francisco Bay Area

Educator

Learning and teaching the fundamentals and frontiers of Blockchain technology. Instructor for CS 198-077 Blockchain for Developers and CS 198-078 Blockchain Fundamentals, student-ran courses apporved by Berkeley EECS department.


Hackathon Organizing

  • Co-founded and organised China's largest youth hackathon hack.init(), THEHack (24 hours, 300 & 500 students respectively) in 2017 and 2018.
  • Organised Canada's largest high school hackathon THacks2 (300 participants) at University of Toronto with the Toronto Hacker Club.

Other Past Affiliations



Education

University of California, Berkeley

Graduating in May 2023

Berkeley, California, USA

B.S., Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences

Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholar (awarded to top 2% of incoming class), Blockchain at Berkeley, Engineering Scholars as Engaged Scholar, Undergraduate Reseach Apprentice Program, Association of Chinese Entrepreneurs, Kairos Society Fellow, IEEE

Minor in Bioengineering.


Upper Canada College

2015.9 - 2019.6

Toronto, Canada

International Baccalaureate & Ontario Secondary School Diploma

Other Programs

  • MIT Launch Incubator (Summer 2017)
  • University Of Toronto Da Vinci Engineering Enrichment Program (Summer 2016)
  • Canadian Mathematical Society Math Camp (Summer 2016)
  • Johns Hopkins University Center For Talented Youth (Summer 2015)

Portfolio


Sorted from the latest to the oldest.

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Last Updated July 2019
  • All
  • Internet of Things & Wearables
  • Hackathon
  • Neurotech
  • Bio & Biometrics
  • Robotics
  • Web
  • Event
  • Research

INTERESTS

Unconventional and radical ideas challenges the way we do things

I believe radical ideas can provide unforeseen thoughts and new directions to issues, and I worked on experimenting with those in many of my hackathons and long-term projects.


Notable Prototypes I worked on

  • List of projects made in 29+ hackathons
  • EEG headband to compose meditative music based on brain activity (Muse 2)
  • Coffee lid that eletrically stimulates tongue to generate sweetness to replace sugar (Sweetbud)
  • Robot that percisely drops oil on weeds to enable herbicide-free agriculture (Tensofield)
Bridging the gap and increase access to technology education

Technicality and lack of resources restrict many from being potential technologists, and this affects disproportional among various groups. I create those opportunities for others through events and open courses.


Initiatives I am working on

  • Teaching 2 courses on Blockchain and Blockchain Engineering at UC Berkeley
  • Organized 3 hackathons of 300-500 participants in Canada and China
  • Ran about 20 technical workshops at hackathons
  • Taught 4 years of robotics to Toronto inner-city public school 5th-graders
Building core infrastructure for accelerating technological adoption

I think many of the fundamental work to enable emerging technologies to be adapted massively needs to be done, whether that is new software architecture & library, hardware systems, or protocal standards


Things I Aspire to Worked On

  • Hardware providing secure execution environment and verification acceleration for blockchain
  • Methods to interface the brain with high bandwidth yet minimal long-term impact of brain tissues.
  • Decreasing power consumption of ML algorithms through specialized chip design

Areas I have Worked On

A summary of various areas I have worked on or researched into through projects.


Distributed Web Decentrailized Applications Brain-Computer Interface Mechatronics System Augmented Reality beyond Vision Carbon-Nanotube Based Sensors Thermoacoustics Geometric Optical Illusion Computer Vision Soviet-Yugoslavia Relationship Design Principles behind Military Equipment
Learning

A list of my learning journey and recommendations. Feel free to let me know if you recommend anything.

Awards

Product Design & Innovation

  • CES 2019 Innovation Award in Fitness, Sports, and Biotech for Muse 2 with the Interaxon team
  • Second Place at SXSW Student Startup Madness 2018
  • 2017-2018 Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge Semi-finalist
  • The Paradigm Challenge Finalist (2018)

Computer Science & Engineering

  • Second Place Overall at Product Hunt Global Hackathon 2017
  • Upper Canada College Thompson Prize in Computer Studies (2017)
  • Finalist (Top 14 Overall) at Hack the North 2017
  • Best Use of Brampton Open Data/Esri Tech at Cipher Bonfire 2017
  • Third Place Overall at TechCrunch Shenzhen Hackathon 2017
  • C2's Best Hack for Air Traffic Control at MHacks 9 (2017)
  • Best Pitch at UTSHacks I (2017)
  • Best Project with Mentor at Cipher Presents Local Hack Day 2016
    (Participated as a mentor/hacker guru)
  • Bronze Medal and SAP Innovation award at Electric City Hacks 2016
  • Best Devpost submission at Hack Western 3 (2016)

Science & Engineering Research

  • Upper Canada College J.A. Gilham Prize in Higher Level Physics (2019)
  • Upper Canada College Chemistry Prize Standard Level (2019)
  • Upper Canada College Senior Mann Prize in Practical Science – Extended Essay in Science: Finalist (2018)
  • DoYewno? High School Research Competition: Winner (2018)
  • Toronto Science Fair 2018: Silver Medal
  • Toronto Science Fair 2016: Gold Medal, The Life Labs Award
  • Patent: CN205285316U, Smart Walking Stick (Issued in 2016)

Other

  • University of California, Berkeley Regents' and Chancellor's scholarship (2019)
  • University of Waterloo President’s Scholarship of Distinction (2019)
  • University of Toronto Scholar scholarship (2019)
  • University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering Admission Scholarship (2019)
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Rensselaer Medalist (2018)
  • Upper Canada College Awards (CAS Award, Gold & Silver Service Award, Year 12, 11 Principal's List, Year 11, 10 General Proficiency Award)
  • Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award (2016)
  • Represented Upper Canada College to attend Harvard MIT Mathematics Tournament 2016
  • Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Grand Award 2015

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