#OUREntrepidNetwork – Introducing Nancy Conrad and the Conrad Foundation

A Transformative Educational Experience

The Conrad Foundation honors the legacy of Apollo 12 astronaut, Pete Conrad, and his four-decade passion for innovation and entrepreneurship. Pete spent 20 years as a U.S. Navy Test Pilot and NASA Astronaut. In November 1969, he became the third man to walk on the Moon. After many years as an aerospace explorer, Pete’s entrepreneurial spirit took flight. He founded four companies devoted to the commercialization of space travel. Unfortunately, Pete’s pursuits were cut short with his passing in 1999.

Nancy Conrad, Pete’s wife, shared his passion for inspiring future explorers, often working hand-in-hand with him prior to his death to launch his numerous commercial space businesses. In his passing, Nancy knew she wanted to keep Pete’s spirit for innovation and entrepreneurship alive, but targeted to the next generation of explorers. Stemming from her experience as a high school teacher, Nancy began the Conrad Foundation in 2008 and launched its flagship program, the Conrad Challenge.

Today, the Conrad Foundation is the only organization of its kind whose programs combine science and technology-based education, innovation and entrepreneurship to inspire solutions for achieving global sustainability.

The Conrad Challenge

There are historically two fundamental ways to think: inside the box and outside of the box. At the Conrad Challenge we don’t believe in this philosophy, we encourage students to enjoy the freedom of thinking like there is no box. Because when it comes to innovation, who needs a box?

The Conrad Challenge is an annual, virtual innovation and entrepreneurial competition that encourages young adults to leave their mark on the world. Each year, teams of 2-5 students, ages 13-18, from around the globe create products and/or services that address some of the most pressing global challenges. Guided by teachers and industry experts, the competition becomes a master class in collaboration, creativity, critical thinking and communication. As a result, students develop skills needed to thrive in the 21st century workforce and bring to life commercially-viable innovations that have the potential to change life for the better on the individual, national and global levels. All of the Conrad participants own their ideas, and many go on to create companies, license their IP, and use their experience in their college applications.

The Conrad Challenge provides numerous opportunities for involvement from students and teachers, to professionals in industry and academia who serve as judges and subject matter experts, as well as organizations who serve as sponsors and partners.


To find out more about the Conrad Challenge and how you can get involved visit conradchallenge.org.

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Doug Parker | #kickassdoug

#OUREntrepidNetwork – Introducing David Allen, Mike Williams, Mark Wallace and Getting Things Done For Teens

A guidebook to help teens create a fruitful and effective future.

Getting Things Done, or GTD, is a system for getting organized and staying productive. The end goal is learning how to spend less time doing the things you have to do so you have more time for the things you want to do.

Put simply, GTD is a method for organizing your to-dos, priorities, and your schedule in a way that makes them all manageable. One of GTD’s biggest benefits is that it makes it easy to see what you have on your plate and choose what to work on next. It also has a strong emphasis on getting your to-dos out of your head and into a system you can refer to. This clears your mind of any mental distractions that will keep you from working efficiently.

Capture. Clarify. Organize. Reflect. Engage.

Getting Things Done for Teens offers a fresh take on David Allen’s classic by adapting it for the next generation. Framing life as a game to be played, it offers simple methods that teens can use to win.

SHARING GTD WITH KIDS & TEENS (Recorded Podcast) – Coaches Meg Edwards and Mike Williams share strategies, techniques, and insights for engaging kids and teens in GTD. They’ll weave in personal stories from their own experience as parents, and give practical exercises for bringing the power of GTD to young people in your life.

To find out more about GTD for Teens, to purchase a copy of the book, to enjoy the GTD for Teens podcasts collection and lots of other helpful stuff visit www.gtdforteens.com.

Please help to share GTD for Teens and to support David AllenMike Williams, Mark Wallace and the GTD team by giving this a LIKE, SHARE it with your wider networks and JOIN the communities on Linkedin and Facebook.

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Doug Parker | www.linkedin.com/in/kickassdoug


#OUREntrepidNetwork – Introducing Alon Goren, Josef Holm and Crypto Invest Summit – Los Angeles, 22-24 Oct. 2018

Sustainable Investing in Blockchain Technologies

CRYPTO INVEST SUMMIT is an exclusive, curated, high-impact, informative and thought-provoking summit presented by some of the world’s foremost innovators, change makers and prominent leaders in the blockchain and crypto ecosystem.

This is the preeminent crypto conference & Summit focused on sustainable investing in blockchain technologies. An exclusive, curated, engaging, high-impact, informative and thought-provoking event presented by some of the world’s foremost innovators, change makers and prominent leaders in the blockchain and crypto ecosystem.

Come listen to and network with leaders in business and tech helping to grow and influence development of the token-based ecosystem.

Keynotes, Fireside Chats & Panels

Get access to the information that you’ll need to succeed in this new age of investing. Everyone you’ll see on stage at Crypto Invest Summit is an passionate industry-leading professional with an inspiring story .

Blockchain and Tokens are changing the investing landscape forever.

To find out more about what they’re up to and to get your tickets for Crypto Invest Summit visitcryptoinvestsummit.io.

Please help support Alon GorenJosef Holm and the Crypto Invest Summit team by giving this a LIKE, SHARE it with your wider networks and JOIN their communities on LinkedinFacebook and Twitter.

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Doug Parker | #kickassdoug

#OUREntrepidNetwork – Introducing Shari Eskenas and SoundBrake

Hear what you need to hear!

While you’re listening to headphones, you can be totally isolated from the world as you enjoy being immersed in your favorite music, podcast or audio book.

BUT…this means you will miss hearing important outside sounds like:

  • A person trying to get your attention
  • Someone at the door, package delivery
  • At work: announcements, phone calls, coworkers, the boss
  • At home: hearing family members or pets, something happening outside
  • At the airport: announcements in the terminal or on the plane
  • Outdoors: driver alerting you, car honk
  • Unexpected events

Meet SoundBrake 2.0 –

The world’s first device that gives your headphones the power to alert you to outside sounds while you’re immersed in your audio and tuned out from the world.


SoundBrake listens to your surroundings and instantly streams in outside sounds they exceed the background noise level, so you can be aware of sounds like a door knock, phone call, announcement, car honk, or someone trying to get your attention.


SoundBrake adds a layer of safety to outdoor activities such as hiking, bike riding, or running. Don’t miss out on hearing an emergency vehicle siren, an alarm or someone shouting about an impending danger.

Get SoundBrake on Indiegogo!

** Works with wireless headphones using a wireless transmitter module or dock**


To find out more about what they’re up to at Sundae Electronics visitwww.sundaelectronics.com.

Please help support inventor/founder/CEO Shari Eskenas and the Sundae Electronics team by giving this a LIKE, SHARE it with your wider networks and JOIN their communities on LinkedinFacebook,TwitterInstagram and YouTube.

Get SoundBrake on Indiegogo!

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Doug Parker | #kickassdoug

#OUREntrepidNetwork – Introducing Hope Dealer, Tim Ryan and The FEND Movement


Inspiring Change in the Hearts of Addicts and Their Communities

Tim Ryan – Recovering Heroin Addict, A&E’s “Dope Man,” and National Thought Leader on the U.S. Opioid Epidemic

“I want to help people.  I’m sick and tired of burying people. I want to be that guy when someone calls up and says, ‘I need help.’ I’m there. Most of the people I help don’t have any resources,”                                Tim Ryan, TheDoctorsTV.com

In their own words (linkedin.com/in/amaninrecovery, TimRyanSpeaks.com)

Addiction and heroin abuse didn’t make Tim Ryan a better person, but recovery has redeemed his years. Substance abuse of heroin and alcohol stole more than half his life. But he has dedicated every waking minute since walking out of prison to dealing hope to addicts and their families.

Tim Ryan is known as “The Hope Dealer” for his gift of inspiring change in the hearts of addicts—and speaking to the real solutions in the opioid epidemic.

Tim unravels addiction by addressing the entire community. He works tirelessly to build awareness, tools, and lasting change in every group touched by addiction—parents, teachers, administrators, community members, healthcare providers, law enforcers, legislators, and more.

Tim is not just another talking head on the subject. He lost nearly everything to heroin—including his own son. It was in prison that he found recovery—and a passion to help others. Today, he is one of the nation’s most in-demand speakers and experts on the topic of addiction—and a tireless advocate for recovery. As the voice of hope in the opioid epidemic, Tim is a regular subject on national media and was an invited guest to the State of the Union address.

Tim Ryan recently joined forces with the Preventum Initiative and Vans Warped Tour to launch The FEND Movement (Full Energy. No Drugs.) – www.WeAreFEND.org

Tim Ryan Talks FEND Movement, Opioid Addiction, and Helping Others

The FEND Movement (WeAreFEND.org)

Too many people are dying or having their lives destroyed, and it’s time to take a stand – for yourself and for each other. We can’t rely on government, doctors or big pharma to fight the battle for us.

Combining cutting-edge tech, music, and streetwear, FEND is all about empowering you. Knowledge is power after all. The FEND app enables you to take the lead, join forces, andBeat the Opioid Crisis.                                               More than a campaign, FEND is a movement.


In the News

How Former Addict Tim Ryan Helps Others Struggling to Get Clean | theDoctorsTV.com, 31 May 2018

Dope Man – A&E aetv.com, Jul 5, 2017

Heroin, and our denial Tim Ryan TEDxNaperville – YouTube | TEDxNaperville.com, 23 May 2017

To find out more about Tim Ryan and what he’s up to visitTimRyanSpeaks.com.

To learn more about the FEND Movement visit WeAreFEND.org and to keep up with the Vans Warped Tour visit VansWarpedTour.com.

Please help support Tim Ryan and the FEND Movement’s fight against the Opioid Epidemic by giving this a LIKE, SHARE it with your wider communities and JOIN the conversation on their social networks.

Tim Ryan Speaks: Linkedin and Facebook.

FEND (Full Energy.No Drugs): FacebookTwitterInstagram andYouTube.

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Doug Parker | #kickassdoug

*Very proud of Tim Ryan and the Preventum Initiative / FEND Movement team. Hey Steve HuffKerrod HolzheimerEric WentBryan Went, #YouKickassMyFriends !!

#OUREntrepidNetwork – Introducing Daniel Alarik and Grunt Style


Unabashed Pride and Patriotism

In their own words (GruntStyle.com)

To us, what you wear is more than just a necessity to be clothed. It’s about attitude! We have taken the American fighting spirit and instilled it in everything we do. You don’t have to be a Veteran to wear Grunt Style, but you do have to love Freedom, Bacon and Whiskey. We provide more than apparel, we instill pride.


With over 400 US Veterans and Patriots, our mission is to deliver the highest quality, most Patriotic apparel on the planet, straight to your front door. Backed by our unbeatable lifetime guarantee, you will always be blown away by our products, our service, and our ability to America!


Yup. Everything. For any reason. Including tears, holes, loose threads, beer stains – even blood stains from defending the American Flag.


In the news

Grunt Style Signs with Richard Petty Motorsports in Multi-Year Deal | ESPN-Sep 16, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Destroyed A Small Texas Town And Grunt Style Is Helping Rebuild It | ConnectingVets.com, Sept 14, 2017

America’s Grittiest Entrepreneur: How An Army Sergeant Created A $100 Million Lifestyle Brand | Forbes-Jul 18, 2017

To find out more about what they’re up to at Grunt Style visitwww.gruntstyle.com.

Please help support founder / CEO Daniel Alarik and the Grunt Style team by giving this a LIKE, SHARE it with your wider networks and JOIN their communities on Linked, FacebookInstagram andTwitter.

You’ve got to try some of their whiskey too – Merica Bourbon

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Doug Parker | Linkedin-kickassdoug


#OUREntrepidNetwork – Introducing Todd Connor and Bunker Labs


Empowering our military veterans as leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship

In their own words (www.bunkerlabs.org/about-the-bunker)


Through local chapters across the U.S., Bunker Labs provides educational programming, access to resources, and a thriving local network to help military veterans and their spouses start and grow businesses.

We work to Inspire, Educate, and Connect veterans with the right resources and people locally to be successful, while also providing national tools and resources like: Launch Lab Online or our Community Mobile App to support aspiring entrepreneurs where ever they may currently live or be stationed.

INSPIRE. Through our online entrepreneurship challenge, the Bunker in a Box offers hundreds of hours of content as well as interviews with military veterans who have successfully transitioned from the military and started their own business. Learn how they did it and start your own journey towards entrepreneurship as well.

EDUCATE. Aspiring entrepreneurs with an idea for a business are invited to participate in the Entrepreneurial Program for Innovation and Collaboration (EPIC) whether through one of our virtual cohorts or in person at one of our chapters. In this program you will learn and apply the practical steps of launching your business from entrepreneurs who have been-there / done-that.

CONNECT. Bunker Labs invites veterans, entrepreneurs, investors, and subject matter experts to join our national community through our monthly Bunker Brews meet ups in each of our chapter cities, as well as through our Muster Across America tour. Whether returning home after active duty, starting a business, exploring new careers, or growing a business—building your network is critical.


To find out more about Bunker Labs, what they’re up to, find local chapters and more, visit www.BunkerLabs.org.

Please help support CEO Todd Connor and the Bunker Labs team and Our Veterans by giving this a LIKE, SHARE it with your wider networks and JOIN their communities on LinkedinFacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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Doug Parker | Linkedin – kickassdoug

#OUREntrepidNetwork – Introducing Glenn Samala and Sparkfun Electronics


Trying is cool, failing can be even cooler, and that trying again is the coolest of all.

CEO Glenn Samala and Niwot, Colorado based Sparkfun offers curriculum, training and online tutorials designed to demystify the wonderful world of embedded electronics.

In their own words (www.sparkfun.com)

SparkFun has been committed to helping the world achieve electronics literacy. No matter your vision or skill level, our products and resources are designed to make electronics more accessible. In addition to over 2,000 open source components and widgets, SparkFun offers curriculum, training and online tutorials designed to demystify the wonderful world of embedded electronics.

Our products and resources carry no patents, so anyone can use, modify and even sell them. Madness, you say? So far so good. Being open source encourages people to share and learn from each other. It also forces us to focus on what we do best and constantly innovate. In short, it makes us better, for you and for the world.

To us, it’s a given that we pay it forward and sponsor the incredible community that keeps us running. Through our Community Partnership Program, we’ve donated supplies, parts and expertise to over 140 projects, universities and programs in six countries in the first half of 2017 alone, with awards issued every month.

We produce, build, test and assemble over 400 open source kits and boards from our catalog in-house. It’s the best way we know to ensure the red box you receive contains products you know, love and can rely on. And if something should go wrong, our tech support and customer service teams are here to help, no matter what.

Everyone deserves access to electronics literacy. In our Department of Education, we believe electronics are more than a hobby or career path; they’re a creative medium for teaching and learning. Since 2009, we’ve helped students and educators around the world introduce these tools and concepts into their schools.

In the news

SparkFun’s Annual Combat Robot Tournament Grows to Third Largest in the World | GlobalNewWire, 4 October 2017

SparkFun publishes app to detect gas pump/ATM card skimmers | AndroidPolice.com, 19 September 2017

To learn more about Sparkfun Electronics visit www.sparkfun.com.

Please support Glenn and the Sparkfun team by giving this a LIKE, SHARE it with your wider networks and JOIN their communities on Linkedin, YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and G+.

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Doug Parker | Linkedin

OUR Entrepid Network – Introducing Luke Bayard and the Cult of Startup podcast


Podcast Host, Entrepreneur, Business Strategist, Techstars Startup Weekend Facilitator, Techie

For Luke Bayard, entrepreneurship, the idea that “this is something I created and it means something to me,” captivated him at a young age. And like many entrepreneurs, the idea of choosing your own agenda and defining your own rules further defined his path. Today he runs the multimedia brand Cult Of Startup, to help inspire entrepreneurs, startup founders and anyone who is looking to go into business for themselves.

On Cult of Startup, Luke invites his guests to share the stories the intimate stories of their startup experience – the trials, failures and rewards. In each episode Luke seeks to discover the entrepreneur’s motivation and the details of their journey. Luke says that ‘this hour long conversation will feel like you’re hanging with your startup buddies’. The format is spontaneous, entertaining and informative.

The Cult of Startup’s notable guests include the 8th employee of Amazon, multiple Forbes 30 Under 30 Recipients and a YouTube producer with over a billion views.

The Cult of Startup podcasts include:

Scaling the Largest Online Retailer with the 8th Employee of Amazon, Cal Poly Center of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Director, Todd Nelson

To learn more about The Cult of Startup and to see the full list of Podcasts, visit  http://cultofstartup.libsyn.comiTunes or Stitcher.

To support Luke and The Cult of Startups please LIKE and SHARE this widely across your extended social networks and consider joining the communities on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Doug Parker | Linkedin – kickassdoug


OUR Entrepid Network – Introducing Craig Ulliott, Katy Lynch and Codeverse


The world’s best coding studio for kids

In their own words; Source – www.codeverse.com/mission/

We won’t stop until we teach a billion kids to code

At Codeverse®, we believe that every kid should be set up for success early by equipping them with the right tools and resources they need to thrive in their ever-changing, technologically-advanced world. Coding teaches important life skills beyond the computer screen. It encourages creativity, instills confidence, and promotes critical thinking and problem solving. Our mission to teach a billion kids to code – turning today’s youth into tomorrow’s leaders.

Source – www.linkedin.com/company-beta/10702273/

Codeverse® is the world’s first fully interactive coding school and educational tech platform that teaches kids to code.

Codeverse® is built with amazing and intuitive tools to make learning code approachable and fun, and most of all, rewarding. The self-guided curriculum is designed for learners as young as 6 and introduces all the foundations of computer programming while incorporating common core subjects including art, history, science, and math.

In the news:

World’s First Fully Interactive Coding Studio For Kids, Codeverse, Launches In Chicago; source-CHICAGO, April 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/

To learn more about Chicago based Codeverse visit them at www.codeverse.com.

Please support Co-founders Craig Ulliott and Katy Lynch, and the Codeverse team by giving this a LIKE, SHARE it with your networks and consider joining their communities on Linkedin and Twitter.

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Doug Parker | Linkedin – kickassdoug