Sam has many interests typical for his age—he loves hanging out with his friends, biking, and other sports.
But unlike many of his peers, he has always nurtured a keen interest in, and incredible talent for, tinkering with things and finding ways to put them back together. And also unlike his peers, Sam has had to live with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Hodgkin’s causes cells in the lymphatic system to grow abnormally and as the disease progresses, it compromises your body’s ability to fight infection.
Starting at age five, Sam would go to his dad’s workshop to build things, or at school, would tinker with things like his kindergarten’s classroom sink to try to improve the way they worked. What he describes as his “obsession with building, tinkering and technology” eventually led to his discovery of the Android operating system. Sam says “I use Android because I love how its open source nature allows you to customize it to your liking, see how the code inside it works, tinker with its features and do whatever your heart desires with it.” Android is now owned by Google, so for his wish, Sam asked to attend the Google I/O conference in San Francisco, and to tour Google’s headquarters.
As Sam lives in Massachusetts, his local chapter flew him to San Francisco in May, and Google generously donated not only a full privilege pass for Sam to attend the conference, but passes for his parents and reserved seats at the keynote session as well. The day before the conference, Google staff hosted Sam for an afternoon visit to their headquarters. While there, Sam participated in an event that drew developers from around the world, had lunch in the famous Google café, and got a tour of the campus. “Essentially I never stop thinking how I could improve things, or how I could build something myself and share my developments with the community” says Sam. We think he sounds like just the kind of person Google will want to hire in a few years!