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Ben Nashman.


Ben joined The Knowledge Society when he was 16 years old. He has found his passion in advancing the medical technology industry and has been working with leading research institutions.

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I had a vision for what the future should look like. But that meant nothing until I started to make it a reality.”
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My Story


I was always passionate about science and technology. I knew that I wanted to learn everything I could in these fields, but never thought that I had the ability to do anything impactful in them. After joining TKS, I’ve been exposed to so many cutting-edge technologies and have worked on projects in areas like biosensors, medical imaging and space-tech. Now, I’m working on a startup developing a wearable device to non-invasively measure major metabolites like glucose and cholesterol.
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I was a completely different person before TKS. I knew where my interests were, but never thought how much I could apply myself to actively do something with them."
Ben Nashman

How has TKS impacted me?


I was a completely different person before TKS. I knew where my interests were, but never thought how much I could apply myself to actively do something with them. I would have ideas, but didn’t think someone my age had a chance of making them a reality. TKS gave me an entirely new perspective on the world and helped show me how to actually build something meaningful. Beyond the tech itself, the real-world skills and philosophies on life that I’ve learned have perhaps been even more significant to my life. I’m so grateful for having the chance to be part of such an awesome community.

How is TKS different from other programs?


When I was growing up, I took part in a few tech-related programs. All of them were just “dumps of content”. We would learn some basic material, do a project and then sent home to forget nearly all of it. The reason I think TKS is different is that the emphasis is not just on the content, but on what you can do with it. One of the main ideas that really resonates with me is just figuring something out for yourself. To me, that’s the most important skill for creating something new. Coupled with the amazing, like-minded community of people, TKS gives you a life-changing perspective on things.

Advice I would have given to myself before I joined TKS:


Think big. Don’t feel limited by your age, school or overall situation. We grow up inside a bubble isolated from the real world, so it’s ok to not have all the answers. But don’t limit yourself to thinking near-term, small goals. Having an impact starts as soon as you decide to begin. If you want to do something significant, you have to put in the work, develop the skills and knowledge set, and never settle for mediocrity. Focus on building meaningful relationships and developing yourself as a person.
Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you and you can change it, you can influence it."
Steve Jobs
My favorite quote
If you want to do something significant, you have to put in the work, develop the skills and knowledge set, and never settle for mediocrity."
Ben Nashman

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