Forbes Under 30 Summit
Forbes Under 30 Summit is an event that is four days long full of panels, pitch contests, music, food festivals, parties and more. This event gathers 5,000 current and future leaders of every field will come together making it one of the biggest gatherings of young entrepreneurs and game changers. This year Forbes had the event held in Boston and it was definitely a little confusing because of how many things were going on but it was still very cool to hear speeches and listen to the music festival.
The event started with the music festival where Delta Rae, Gallant, Halsey, and Jason Derulo performed. The two many acts were Halsey and Jason Derulo. Halsey performed her two hits “New Americana,” and “Closer.” Halsey decided to make this performance special by making her set an acoustic set instead of having the extra stage props. Jason Derulo was the final performer and his performance was definitely the most entertaining of the performers. Derulo performed his mega hits “Whatcha Say,” “In My Head,” “Trumpets,” “Talk Dirty,” and “Want You To Want Me.” The music festival kicked off this event in a great way by getting everyone hyped and excited for the rest of the event.
The next day included speeches and panels including Ashton Kutcher speaking at the Cutler Majestic Theater at Emerson College. As everyone knows, Ashton Kutcher is a popular actor but he is also an investor and he has invested companies to make more of a name for himself. I was surprised to hear what he does besides acting but he is very smart and intelligent.
The final day, Tuesday October 18th was the best day out of all the days. To start the day off, Michael Phelps did a group run, with about 1,000 of his biggest fans, along the Charles river. Then it was time to go to Harvard Business School to listen to Michael Phelps speak. As most people know this was Phelps last year in the Olympics so he spoke about his family and his support, “I have a beautiful five and a half year old baby boy and life really couldn’t be better, I was fortunate to have true friends to support me.” After Michael Phelps spoke, Logan Paul, social media star with eight million followers combined on Instagram and Twitter and thirteen million likes on Facebook and four billion views on vine, spoke about his new movie called Airplane Mode, Kevin Hart is also in the movie. Logan Paul told us “The fact that it’s actually a good movie and being the fact that it markets itself is that it has the ability to draw an audience of 500 million people, so the people you saw in the little sizzle real were all massive social media stars.” To end the speeches at Harvard, Maria Sharapova came out to speak out beating Serena Williams at a young age and her new candy bar. Sharapova went pro on her 14th birthday and in 2004 at age 17 she beat Serena Williams, Sharapova told the audience how it changed her life, “I don’t really think I knew what that meant as a 17 year old, I think it’s so overwhelming and I never had expected that I was prepared for, physically, to win such an event.” Sharapova also told us why she decided to make candy bars.
To end this magical event, there was a food festival at the Massachusetts State House, where Chrissy Teigen judged the food festival competition. All the food was amazing, however for me one item stood out, that was Tache artisan chocolate. Tache had probably the best chocolate I ever had in my entire life. Logan Paul also showed up to blog about the event on his social media page. This event was without a doubt the most exciting, being able to speak with so many people from different parts of the world was amazing. It was an honor and a privilege to be a part of this and I am honored that Forbes chose Boston to host the 30 under 30 summit.