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A scene from the "Future Innovators" panel at the GeekWire Summit
A scene from the “Future Innovators” panel at the GeekWire Summit

Some want to be astronauts, scientists or entrepreneurs, others want to solve global warming, prevent meteors from colliding with Earth or build self-driving cars.

Tanner on the Kids Tech Panel at the GeekWire Summit.
Tanner on the Kids Tech Panel at the GeekWire Summit.

Meet GeekWire’s 2015 class of “Future Innovators” — some of the geekiest (and funniest) kids around. For the second year in a row, we asked a group of 5 to 10-year-old kids to stop by the GeekWire offices a few weeks ago to talk gadgets, games and other geeky stuff. We were once again completely inundated with the response.

We captured the chaos, and boiled the segments into fun videos that debuted at last week’s GeekWire Summit. As expected, the kids’ videos resonated with the crowd, so we’re sharing them today and tomorrow on GeekWire for all to enjoy.

As you’ll see in the videos, kids really do say the darndest things! In an added twist, we also invited five of the kids from the videos on stage at this year’s GeekWire Summit to talk about technology trends.

In one of the best moments of the Summit, Rebecca Yeung — the enterprising 10-year-old Seattle girl who launched a balloon to the edge of outer space with her sister Kimberly — was asked what she learned during her first spacecraft mission.

“The main lesson that we learned was: Don’t speculate, rely on data,” said Rebecca to huge cheers from the crowd.

Enjoy the videos below, and we’ll post a few more tomorrow!

And here’s what happened when we asked kids if they want to travel to outer space, a key topic at this year’s Summit where former astronaut Ed Lu and former NASA Deputy Administrator Lori Garver spoke.

Invention also was a hot discussion point at this year’s GeekWire Summit, and the kids certainly had some things to say about that topic as well.

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