2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

Hacking Your Education

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Peter Thiel awarded William LeGate a grant of $100,000 to drop out of school and pursue what he’s passionate about as part of Thiel’s controversial Thiel Fellowship program. Listen to LeGate talk about his experience learning without the bounds of a formal educational institution and get tips on how you too can leverage free, widely available resources to learn a completely new discipline or better your skills in your current one.



William LeGate


Imagination Research Labs

19-year-old entrepreneur, programmer, and Thiel Fellow. I created an iOS app development company, Imagination Research Labs, when I was 14 after teaching myself Objective C from online Stanford courses. Since then, I have gone on to create over a dozen apps which have received nearly 5.5 million downloads, are used by 1 in 12 US teenagers, have been featured in the New York Times, and have peaked at the second most downloaded spot in the entire App Store, above billion dollar brands' apps such as Facebook and Google. I was recently awarded the Thiel Fellowship which gives 20 people under 20 years of age a cash grant of $100,000 to stop out of school to pursue their passion.

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