Hello, my name is

Simon Zirui Guo

Student Maker, Inventor, Researcher

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 (27 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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UC Berkeley

2019.9 - Now

Berkeley, CA

Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship

Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program with Dr. Waqas Khalid under the Lawrence Berkeley Lab, learning and developing carbon nanotube biosensing system; focusing on nanofabrication.


2019.6 - 2019.8

Shenzhen, China


HAX is the world's largest and most active accelerator and early-stage investor for startups with a hardware element. HAX is part of SOSV, a global venture capital firm with 650+ million USD assets under management.

My role includes: design thinking, mechatronics system design, and rapid prototyping on most-needed research and development challenges of accelerator's portfolio companies. Due-diligence, interview, and technical deep-dive for evaluating startups; strategy for new venture recruitment and expansion.


2018.6 - 2018.8

Toronto, Canada

R&D Intern

Interaxon is the leading company in consumer brain-computer interfaces. Worked in research & development directly under the CTO. Conducted software architecture research and development, rapid prototyping, and user experience testing for Muse 2, the second generation of the Muse brain-sensing headband; Created mind-controlled multi-media installations for events.

Blockchain at Berkeley

2019.9 - Now

San Francisco Bay Area


Learning and teaching the fundamentals and frontiers of Blockchain technology. Teaching assistant for CS 198-078 Blockchain Fundamentals DeCal.

hack.init(), THEHack

2017.2 - 2018.7

Shanghai, China

Founding Member & Organizer

Co-founded and organised China's largest youth hackathon (24 hours, 300 & 500 students respectively) in 2017 and 2018. Was in charge of program planning and on-site operations. Secured sponsorship from tech companies such as Amazon and Cisco; Planned and delivered 10 pre-event workshops.

The Toronto Hacker Club

2016.12 - 2017.11

Toronto, Canada

Event Coordinator

Promoted computer science education across the Greater Toronto Area by organising Canada's largest high school hackathon THacks2 at University of Toronto with sponsorship from companies like Google and RBC; Planned and hosted three tech workshops (JSBoost, BrainBrowse, TechNights).

Other Past Affiliations


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

Director of Communication and Technology of World Affairs Conference, Co-founder and Club Head of Engineering Society, Horizons Robotics Volunteer Lead, Varsity Cross Country Running Team, Senior Wind Ensemble, Hackathon Coordinator of the Digital Media and Computer Science Club, Robotics Club, Rowing Team, Intermediate Jazz Band.

MIT Launch

2017.7 - 2017.8

Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

Entrepreneurship Student

Attended 4-week residential startup incubator program at MIT Sloan School of Management. Started Lendridge, a peer-to-peer rental services for electronics and camping equipment.

University of Toronto Da Vinci Engineering Enrichment Program

2016.7 - 2016.8

Toronto, Canada

Engineering Enrichment Program Participant

Learned about cutting-edge technologies (machine learning, bio-inspired nanotechnology materials, rocket design) and engineering techniques in an advanced lab environment.

Canadian Mathematical Society

2016.7 - 2016.7

Toronto, Canada

Math Camp Participant

Invited to a math camp designed for the top Grade 9 students in the Greater Toronto Area, organized by the Canadian Mathematical Society at York University.

Johns Hopkins University Center For Talented Youth

2015.7 - 2015.8

Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Summer student

Learned about mathematical logic concepts, calculations, and applications for 3 weeks at Johns Hopkins University.


Sorted from the latest to the oldest.

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  • All
  • Internet of Things & Wearables
  • Hackathon
  • Neurotech
  • Bio & Biometrics
  • Robotics
  • Web
  • Event
  • Research


Design and Project Management

I like to design products and I have attended many university-level hackathons to practice my prototyping skills in team settings.

Skill Sets

Design Thinking Rapid Prototyping UX Testing Agile Scrum
Interactive Technology

The interaction between devices and humans fascinates me and I love developing new expereinces that enhance human ability and relationship with robotics.

Interest Areas

Wearables VR/AR/XR Smart Home Systems Brain-Computer Interface
Robotics & Hardware

I have developed many robotics and hardware projects. I love engineering a system and putting mechinical, electrical, and embeded systems together.

Skill Sets

Arduino & ArduinoC Soldering Rasberry Pi 3D Printing Adobe Fusion 360 SolidWorks
Automation and Software

I have created many software systems (web and native) to automate workflow and gain insights.

Skill Sets

Git Java Python C++ R MatLab HTML CSS Javascript React Jquery Node.js mySQL PHP AWS Firebase

Scientific Research

I love proving phenomena and exploring possibilities by doing research.

Recent Research Area

ERP Experiments EEG Processing Thermoacoustics Metal Fatigue Computer Vision Cold War
Education and Community Building

I am very involved educating and building the youth tech community. I have been involved in Horizons Robotics tutoring (teaching 5-graders from public school robotics) as well as organizing three large-scale hackathons and many workshops.


Besides academics in school, I love to learn more about the world on my own and from others. I regularily listen to podcast, read books, and go to conferences.

Other things I do

Biking Running Alto Saxophone Following Military News Following Tech News Making Model Airplane Painting Drone Flying Blogging Photography & Filming Drawing Ideas on Notebook


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)
  • The 30th Shanghai Adolescents’ Science and Technology Innovation Contest: Gold Medal; Shanghai Science and Technology Museum Award; The AURORA Group 3D Printing Application Award (2015)
  • The 11th Shanghai Soong Ching Ling Youth Innovation Contest: Gold Medal (2015)
  • The 14th Chinese Adolescent Robotics Competition (CARC), Shanghai Region: First Place in Creative Robotics Design & Engineering (2014)


  • 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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