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Doug Menuez - FEARLESS GENIUS: THE NEXT GENERATION

September 2 - October 1, 2017

This body of work looks at the NEXT GENERATION of would-be innovators and entrepreneurs who face special challenges as they attempt to catch the next wave of new technology. These images are primarily from a hackathon where college students compete over 48 hours to write the most elegant hack, or code, mainly to produce an app. The differentiator at this event was that the top prize was given for the best hack for social good. That might not seem like a big deal, but for anyone following tech it is in fact a very big deal. It's the return of the early values of Silicon Valley that drove the biggest breakthroughs. It builds upon Doug Menuez's previous long-term documentary project and book about Silicon Valley, "Fearless Genius: The Digital Revolution in Silicon Valley 1985-2000," which attempted to reveal the culture and daily lives of the secretive tribe of technologists working mightily to invent the technology that went on to change every aspect of human life. Doug Menuez's original project began in 1985 when he gained unusual access to document Steve Jobs and his team, capturing his process of innovation for three years for LIFE Magazine. He went on to cover most of the leading innovators of the digital revolution for fifteen years as a personal project. The resulting archive of 250,000 images is being preserved at Stanford University Library as a resource for students and historians. Beneath the vast enterprise and churn of the early digital revolution, Menuez discovered the joyful, primal urge to invent tools that has driven human progress for millennia. He saw something uncontrollable, hungry and wild- something human- that yet remains in Silicon Valley. Hopefully, soon the next generation will drive a new technology revolution that can fulfill the promises of the last one. Who will be the next Steve Jobs? Where will she come from?

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