My mission is creating an accessible world through technologies that empower our abilities.
Dr. Fernando Albertorio
Welcome to my slice of the digital world. I'm an entrepreneur, a scientist and most importantly an educator. My passion is developing technologies that help make our world more accessible. As a legally blind entrepreneur, I've worked in high-tech fields ranging from science (13+ years at institutions like Harvard and the NIH) to education in STEM and Peer-to-Peer learning (science, tech, engineering and math), and now as a serial entrepreneur helping create a TechStars startup in Boston and now helping create a maker-space for our community. I now lead the team at Sunu, Inc. that is creating the first sonar smart-watch that is enabling the blind and visually impaired better navigate their surroundings and live independently.
My vision is to help be part of the change in which education is happening, not only for our children, but for everyone. The maker movement is here and it's rapidly changing how we not only learn and collaborate, but also create, build, and do business. I envision our hacker and makerspaces becoming an intergral part of our communities, from extending education into the makerspace, to helping early-stage inventors, and ultimately creating better entrepreneurs.
Throughout my scientific career, I did research in some of the world's best laboratories and institutions like at The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and at Harvard university. I helped develop cutting technology within a variety of fields, working within world-class scientific teams and mentored by some of brightest minds in science. When I decided to leap from the 'bench' onto becoming an entrepreneur - I helped take my startup through two of the world's best accelerator programs: MassChallenge and TechStars Boston. But, I come from a place where, growing up, we did have access to all the many resources, technologies and people we have now - it just simply wasn't accessible.
I want to help turn that around for our communities. We live in an age of abundance and such - the way in which education is happening is rapidly shifting, and we - as a country, need to catch up.