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20 Under 20: “It’s like being in the audience with Albert Einstein when he’s 17. You know him today, but you didn’t know who he was back then.” –Steve Hogan, 20 Under 20 MentorWatch the Thiel Fellows deliver their 2-minute speech for a chance to change the world.VIDEO: http://cnb.cx/Oc5jZR(Image credit: Wikipedia)

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20 Under 20: “It’s like being in the audience with Albert Einstein when he’s 17. You know him today, but you didn’t know who he was back then.” –Steve Hogan, 20 Under 20 Mentor

Watch the Thiel Fellows deliver their 2-minute speech for a chance to change the world.

VIDEO: http://cnb.cx/Oc5jZR

(Image credit: Wikipedia)

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“All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney Join the 20 Under 20: Transforming Tomorrow Q&A session on our Facebook page (facebook.com/cnbc) today at 12pm ET with 20-year-old Thiel Fellow Spencer Hewett. His BIG idea is to revolutionize the shopping experience. As a 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellow, he’s had to forgo college plans to make his idea a reality and focus on his startup. His idea: http://cnb.cx/MGDCIJ

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“All our dreams can come true – if we have the courage to pursue them.” –Walt Disney

Join the 20 Under 20: Transforming Tomorrow Q&A session on our Facebook page (facebook.com/cnbc) today at 12pm ET with 20-year-old Thiel Fellow Spencer Hewett.

His BIG idea is to revolutionize the shopping experience. As a 20 Under 20 Thiel Fellow, he’s had to forgo college plans to make his idea a reality and focus on his startup.

His idea: http://cnb.cx/MGDCIJ

Check out the AMAZING, all-new trailer for #20Under20 and tell us what you think!

Vote now for your favorite idea from our “20 Under 20: Transforming Tomorrow Contest”: http://cnb.cx/NpgLwF

Vote now for your favorite idea from our “20 Under 20: Transforming Tomorrow Contest”: http://cnb.cx/NpgLwF

5 Minutes With a Visionary - Ian Waitz, Dean of Engineering School at MIT
Ian Waitz, 48, is no stranger to the quest for higher education. Waitz holds a bachelor’s degree from Penn State, an M.S. from George Washington University, a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology and holds three patents. Until 2011, he was head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Today, he’s dean of the engineering school — MIT’s largest of its five schools. He spoke in a telephone interview with CNBC.
One of the questions we asked him was: “If you had the world’s intellectual elite in one room, what question would you pose for debate?”, and he responded, “One that’s very prominent at MIT for us now is education for anyone, anywhere. We have a partnership with Harvard called EdX. We are providing online learning for anyone, anywhere, in an interactive way. If I were to ask a question, I would ask: “How do we do a better job or move that along faster?” … The opportunity to change the world through really effective education is really grand”. See the rest of his interview, here: http://cnb.cx/MBT7fE

5 Minutes With a Visionary - Ian Waitz, Dean of Engineering School at MIT

Ian Waitz, 48, is no stranger to the quest for higher education. Waitz holds a bachelor’s degree from Penn State, an M.S. from George Washington University, a Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology and holds three patents. Until 2011, he was head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Today, he’s dean of the engineering school — MIT’s largest of its five schools. He spoke in a telephone interview with CNBC.

One of the questions we asked him was: “If you had the world’s intellectual elite in one room, what question would you pose for debate?”, and he responded, “One that’s very prominent at MIT for us now is education for anyone, anywhere. We have a partnership with Harvard called EdX. We are providing online learning for anyone, anywhere, in an interactive way. If I were to ask a question, I would ask: “How do we do a better job or move that along faster?” … The opportunity to change the world through really effective education is really grand”. See the rest of his interview, here: 

Harvard student Connor Zwick thinks he can build the ultimate online educational tool. If he wins a Thiel Fellowship, he’ll have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to make that dream a reality. But should he really leave the Ivy League to launch a start-up? See “A Choice Between School and Silicon Valley” here: http://cnb.cx/LdOMiH

This could be you: Meet James Proud, 2011 Thiel Fellow, who just sold his company GigLocator in an asset sale. GigLocator is a live music aggregator that competes with companies like Songkick.com.  “The Thiel fellowship has enabled me to sustain myself for the past year and this will allow me to sustain myself for awhile,” Proud said.  Enter CNBC’s #20under20 contest for a chance to pitch YOUR big idea to the Thiel Foundation: http://cnb.cx/MAo4PU

This could be you: Meet James Proud, 2011 Thiel Fellow, who just sold his company GigLocator in an asset sale. GigLocator is a live music aggregator that competes with companies like Songkick.com.

“The Thiel fellowship has enabled me to sustain myself for the past year and this will allow me to sustain myself for awhile,” Proud said.

Enter CNBC’s #20under20 contest for a chance to pitch YOUR big idea to the Thiel Foundation: http://cnb.cx/MAo4PU

5 Minutes with a Visionary - Geoff Lewis, Founder of Topguest and Principal at Founders Fund
Geoff Lewis is not your traditional entrepreneur. He got his start as a brand manager at Procter & Gamble and then worked at hedge fund Clarium Capital Management. Lewis, now 29, is combining his investment background with a passion for entrepreneurship at Founders Fund, where he is a principal focusing on investments in consumer Web, enterprise, and mobile.
Here’s one of the questions Geoff answered for us:
Q: What innovation in the last 20 years has had the most positive impact on society?
The iPhone specifically and smartphones more broadly. It is such an important innovation. You are connected to the world — anywhere, anytime. We wouldn’t have uprisings without smartphones in hand. That, to me, is transformational.
Read the rest of his interview, here: http://cnb.cx/LAs4k3

5 Minutes with a Visionary - Geoff Lewis, Founder of Topguest and Principal at Founders Fund

Geoff Lewis is not your traditional entrepreneur. He got his start as a brand manager at Procter & Gamble and then worked at hedge fund Clarium Capital Management. Lewis, now 29, is combining his investment background with a passion for entrepreneurship at Founders Fund, where he is a principal focusing on investments in consumer Web, enterprise, and mobile.

Here’s one of the questions Geoff answered for us:

Q: What innovation in the last 20 years has had the most positive impact on society?

The iPhone specifically and smartphones more broadly. It is such an important innovation. You are connected to the world — anywhere, anytime. We wouldn’t have uprisings without smartphones in hand. That, to me, is transformational.

Read the rest of his interview, here: http://cnb.cx/LAs4k3

Be sure to answer our 20 Under 20 BIG Question of the day on Facebook, here. Check out the Facebook app for more information about the CNBC special and to meet all of the fellows! 

“20 Under 20: Transforming Tomorrow” - The search is on to find the next generation of American genius. Preview CNBC’s two-part special and get to know the next generation of entrepreneurs - VIDEO: http://cnb.cx/MvEI3z

Stay tuned to the blog for the new content everyday.

“20 Under 20: Transforming Tomorrow” - The search is on to find the next generation of American genius. Preview CNBC’s two-part special and get to know the next generation of entrepreneurs - VIDEO: http://cnb.cx/MvEI3z

Stay tuned to the blog for the new content everyday.