Around this exact time last year, I shared the most amazing news. DeepMind Health had offered to sponsor my MSc studies, with an accompanying offer to join the company as an intern once my studies had finished. One year later, MSc completed and internship complete, it feels only fitting to complete this chapter as it started — with a blog post. This time, though, I’ll be sharing a brief reflection on my experiences from this year, from analysing complex health data for the first time to understanding how DeepMind functions from the inside.
Isaiah Wellington Lynn, who was brought up in a lone parent family in east London, graduated this summer and has now been selected from 31,000 applicants to be one of just 140 interns on a prestigious Silicon Valley scheme aimed at creating tech entrepreneurs of the future.
He was forced to crowdfund the fees for the elite and highly-selective year-long Harvard visiting undergraduate programme after a charity scholarship fell through last summer when he was in the second year of his anthropology degree at University College London (UCL).
After an intensive four-month selection process to win the place at Harvard, he refused to accept defeat and set up a website, #StratfordtoHarvard, and YouTube channel. He raised the £65,000 in a month from 700 donors across the UK, USA, Spain, Canada, Jamaica and Uganda.