David Young, MBA ’13, never dreamed that co-teaching an Independent Activities Period (IAP) class on military leadership would lead to the creation of a device that could save lives. But it did. Bounce Imaging was incorporated last April, just a few months after Young met Francisco Aguilar, MBA ’12, in his IAP class, “Leadership Lessons Learned from the Military.” Aguilar interviewed Young, an Army Captain now in the Reserves, for his Master’s thesis at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, but the conversation focused mainly on a baseball-sized, low cost camera Aguilar was designing.
Aguilar’s inspiration for the idea came from the situation following the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Although he was not in Haiti, Aguilar knew that people were trapped in the rubble, and that search and rescue teams could not easily find their locations due to the complicated fiber optic cameras they had. He knew there had to be a better way to find the victims – and that’s when the idea came to him for a throwable, ball-shaped camera. Continue reading the article on News@MITSloan. Photo courtesy of Bostinno