I first had the pleasure of meeting Joel Kennedy back at university. Joel has a degree in Aerospace Engineering at RMIT University in Melbourne. While at uni Joel was an integral part of the formation of a group called Vic Hyper that worked on creating a braking system for a Hyperloop that won an award at Elon Musk’s SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in the United States. Hear exactly what was involved in this incredible achievement. (Show Notes)
Joel & I also cover the RMIT Activator, incorporating Vic Hyper, educating the public to rally support, looking to raise $80 billion in the future, Altair the extraordinary company that Joel also works for, VR, AR, AI, mental health and STEM learning.
Please enjoy this conversation with Joel Kennedy
2:00 How did you get into Aerospace engineering?
5:20 Vic Hyper
9:50 Being invited to see Elon Musk present
10:45 More about the ‘competition’
13:25 Gaining support and earning sponsorship
16:10 Working as a team and all the experience that came with it
17:15 Vic Hyper has now been incorporated
18:10 The end goal for the Vic Hyper
20:40 RMIT Activator – Start-up Hub
23:10 Media attention in the Herald Sun and Morning Show
24:10 What it would be like travelling in a Hyperloop
29:05 How long does it take to get to Mars?
30:00 On working at Altair
32:25 Bastion Cycles and 3D-Printing
34:10 Does it scare you how quickly we’re developing?
34:50 On Artificial Intelligence, how it works and the problems that may arise
36:50 Virtual & Augmented reality
39:45 Where did Pokemon Go the App go wrong?
40:55 Hologram advertising
41:20 What excites you most about the future?
42:15 On the concept of genetically modifying humans
43:30 Realtime Learning STEM Education
45:30 Getting ahead of the competition
47:10 On dealing with and overcoming depression
55:30 What are some of the choices that you’ve made that have made you who you are?
57:00 Advice from his father – ‘Keep a diary of your working history on the project so you have the proof as well as a track record.’
58:10 ‘If anyone tells you no and you want to do it, do it’
58:55 If you were sitting in front of your 12 year old self, what he think of you at 25?
59:40 Where do you want to be in 10 years?
1:00:15 How long until you raise 80 billion?
1:01:00 – Big 5
- Graduating – Showcasing my knowledge and proof that I can do it
- Vic Hyper – Working for free on my passion
- Pulling myself out of that rutt that I was in with the depression and then being able to look back on that time and learn from that and understand my own triggers so then I can know when I start going back down that road what I need to do to get out of it and stay away from it.
1:02:35 Best books or blog posts that you’ve ever read?
I generally only read fiction. A quote from Muhammad Ali ‘The fight is won long before I danced under those lights’
You put in the hard work well before it, and when you get to the final end you should succeed if you’ve done the hard work
1:03:35 What are the best movies and documentaries that you’ve ever seen?
1:05:20 What are the predictions for you industries in the next 5-10 years?
Vic Hyper – It’s hard to say. Growth will depend on the government and public wanting that kind of infrastructure.
Altair – Has been growing exponentially and will continue that way
1:06:10 Did you achieve your goals that you set yourself in the last 12 months?
Yes 100% Graduated, found a paying engineering job, reached the final round of the competition in the Hyperloop (with Vic Hyper)
1:06:40 What goals have you set yourself over the next 12 months and is there anything that you can share with us that we can keep you accountable for?
Become a Certified Engineer
1:07:50 How would a conversation go down between you and Elon Musk, what would you talk about?
Start off with a sense of familiarity (Hyperloop)
1:12:15 Who are you looking to connect with?
Large companies interested in the Hyperloop
Who I think should connect with Joel
Potential partnerships, sponsors, investors, collaborates and anyone looking to learn for about the Hyperloop.
1:13:20 Where can we reach you?
5:30 Zac McLelland
5:35 Elon Musk
9:10 Space X
20:40 RMIT Activator
2:30 Herald Sun
2:40 Morning Show Sydney
28:10 Orion Spacecraft
29:05 Planet Mars
32:25 Bastion Cycles
33:10 3D Printing
34:50 Artificial Intelligence
35:05 James Cameron
36:50 Virtual Reality
36:50 Augmented Reality
39:45 Pokemon App
40:40 Back to the Future Part II
39:55 Hologram advertising
43:30 Realtime Learning
41:55 Luke Kerr
45:10 STEM Education
46:55 The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz
48:20 Ron Burgundy & Anchorman
56:10 RMIT Basketball
1:10:45 St Kilda Football Club
1:11:00 Nick Riewoldt
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Joel pictured with Vic Hyper’s award at the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition in Texas
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