O’Bryan said some of the highlights of the trip for him were meeting Brooks, Lauren Bush (CEO, creative director, and co-founder of FEED projects) and Walter Isaacson (president and CEO of the Aspen Institute. Isaacson was chairman and CEO of CNN and editor of TIME magazine).
“We got to meet with a team of five from CNN and they made a short video about the Bezos Scholars of 2012 program. And another camera crew also made a short video about us too, and it is online,” he said.
According to O’Bryan the experience allowed him to meet a lot of great people.
“It was a really good time,” he said. “It was very motivational and inspiring.”
O’Bryan applied for a $1,000 grant through the Bezos Scholar Program to start planning his own local ideas festival, which will be held during the annual Earth Festival held at MCS in the spring. Videos will be premiered there, he added.
“We will have a lot of clips such as the town’s statement, a fire report, probably something from the Milford Education Foundation and just a bunch of other local stories,” he explained.
“I think it is going to be a really great way to connect local people and also businesses. We are going to highlight Chobani yogurt because next month there is an initiative before Chobani for schools and it is kind of like a Box Tops for Education type deal. It is a food drive, and whoever raises the most gets a special award from Chobani, so that is going to replace the food drive that we do every year for Thanksgiving so that is pretty exciting. We will advertise that in our video,” he continued.
Although many of the other scholars might be planning a one-day event for their local ideas festivals, O”Bryan said he intends this project to be continuous.