iD Summer Camp Heros

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Our hero at iD Tech UCF

James:  a.k.a. Mac.

Our hero here at UCF does not go out of his way or try to impress us.   But he does impress us.  From the minute he walks into the lab in the morning and cheers, Mac motivates all of us with his energy and positive attitude. Mac inspires all the other campers, who high-five him every time we line up for activities and lunch. He makes us laugh and smile, and he puts up a good fight on Guitar Hero II and Armagetron. He is a core part of our iD Tech group.

Besides his interpersonal connections at camp, Mac is extremely focused: he is determined, curious, and sharp. He has a clear goal that we all know he will meet. His game is certainly on par with the rest of his class in terms of complexity and depth, and it's a lot of fun to play. When he runs into problems, he does not get frustrated or mad, he keeps going.

If he asks for help, we know it's for a really tough problem, which usually requires the help of more than one instructor.

Mac does not have to try to be the motivator he is or the video game creator that he is becoming. For Mac, iD Tech UCF is just another day, another challenge, and another group to inspire.

Thanks Mac.

-Your Staff  and Camp Mates at iD UCF!

This is Pete, iD Prez now...Congratulations to James and UCF for winning this weeks "iD Hero" guest blogger entry.  James (Mac) you appear to have clearly inspired those around you--and it's not that you have done just one thing--it is what you do and how you carry yourself daily that makes everyone better around you.  You absolutely fit the definition of an iD Hero--and I personally thank, and, salute you.

-Pete, Prez & CEO, iD Tech

Other Hero Entries...

Stanford, iD Gaming Academy Heros:

Georgetown iD Heros:

I also want to acknowledge iD Wake Forest and iD Vanderbilt.  You sent me some formats that aren't easily imported into this blog interface, so I'll see what I can do to get you posted in the next few days.  Your content is worth posting!

I want to thank the above participants, and all others that participated, in this week's guest blogger contest.  More importantly, I want to thank all of our staff and students who go above and beyond on a daily basis to make iD so special.  I thank you all for inspiring me, and each other, to get better everyday.

Have a great Friday!


A photo of Pete

Pete has been at the helm of iD since 2000. He resides in Silicon Valley. Pete has a love of design and is passionate about creating memorable experiences for kids. By day he is CEO, by night he is a youth soccer coach and chef of the house. Pete studied at UW in Seattle and worked abroad in Spain. He is fluent in Spanish, but his kids think otherwise. The best part of the job? Seeing the kids advance from tech novices to studying at top Universities and landing big-time jobs.

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