Thiel Fellows Noor Siddiqui, Laura Deming, Christopher Olah and James Koppel showcase their projects for revolutionizing the world.
When she was 8, Laura Deming realized that we were all going to die of a disease called aging. Ever since, her driving passion has been to slow aging and eliminate age-related disease. She started working in a biogerontology lab when she was 12, and matriculated at MIT when she was 14. At 17, she was one of the youngest 20under20 fellows awarded $100,000 by Peter Thiel to pursue her venture full time. She is currently focused on the amelioration of age-related neurodegenerative diseases.
An entrepreneur at heart, Jimmy Koppel won admission to Carnegie Mellon – only to find that campus culture didn’t mesh well with his creative spirit. With the Thiel Fellowship, the software engineer has now won both $100,000 and a place in a community that suits him much better: Silicon Valley.
A 19-year-old hacker and math whiz, Chris Olah, is motivated less by entrepreneurship and more by "doing things that are awesome." With his $100,000 Thiel Fellowship, he'll focus on using 3D printing to help people improve their quality of life.
Noor Siddiqui served on the founding team of a Virginia nonprofit until
she opted for the Thiel Fellowship. Noor is working on building a more inclusive world by harnessing untapped productive energy at the base of the global economic pyramid.