Hello, my name is

Simon Zirui Guo

Student Maker, Inventor, Researcher

About Me

Hi there!

I am a 17-year-old high school senior in Toronto, Canada.
I'm passionate about the Internet of Things, robotics, neurotech, and consumer hardware; I've created many projects that focus on solving real-life issues using the powers of hardware and software, at hackathons and as personal side projects.

Please feel free to reach out. I am open to any collaboration and opportunities in tech and research.

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2018.6 - 2018.8

Toronto, Canada

Mindful Technology Resident Intern

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 generaton of the Muse brain-sensing headband; Created mind-controlled multi-media installations for events.

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 - 2017.10

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).

University of Toronto Robotics Association


Toronto, Canada

Member of SumoBot Program

Attended weekly workshops on mechanical, electrical, and embedded systems of robot design. Created a sumo robot individually, and ranked 5th in the annual sumobot competition.

Other Affiliations


Upper Canada College

2015.9 - now

Graduating in 2019

Toronto, Canada

International Baccalaureate & Ontario Secondary School Diploma

World Affairs Conference (Director of Communication & Technology), Robotics Club, Science Club, Engineering Society/Engineering without Borders UCC Chapter (Club Head), Senior Wind Ensemble, Varsity Cross Country Running, Computer Science and Digital Media Club (Hackathon Coordinator), Debate, Mandarin 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 & Alumni

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


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  • All
  • Internet of Things & Wearables
  • Hackathon
  • 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


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

  • 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)


  • Rensselaer Medalist (2018)
  • Second Place at SXSW Student Startup Madness 2018
  • 2017-2018 Conrad Spirit of Innovation Challenge Semi-finalist
  • Upper Canada College Awards (Silver Service Award, Year 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
  • John Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth Grand Award 2015

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