Move beyond your comfort zone: Day 2 at the No Barriers Summit

The second day of the 2015 No Barriers Summit immersed participants in their challenges and fears, ultimately earning them newfound strength and determination.

Blind PaintingThe variety of clinics ensured there was something to accommodate everyone’s personal goals and barriers, as topics ranged from amputee soccer to echolocation to self portrait painting. Participants were encouraged to move beyond comfort zones and push fears aside to allow inner strength to take charge.

At the end of the first day of clinics, participants had truly reached beyond themselves and climbed higher to access new goals. Through these immersion exercises we learn that the limits we place on ourselves are truly not as rigid as we might believe, and that inspiration is attained by overcoming challenges.

The first session of No Barriers University showcased the awe-inspiring brainchildren of four earthshaking people.

Mark Moore introduced MANA’s new Calorie Cloud app, which aims to solve both the obesity epidemic and the world hunger crisis at the same time.

Jessica Hansen spoke on her program Kiva U, inspiring the audience to support entrepreneurs in developing countries. She showed us that it doesn’t have to be a hassle or extreme financial endeavor to give to charity – a Kiva loan is the gift that truly keeps on giving.Crowd at the No Barriers Film Festival

Robert Lee set Charity: Water apart from other thirst-eradicating initiatives by introducing the Pipeline program. The fact that the organization’s wells contain a sensor that alerts local mechanics when the wells need assistance ensures that water is consistently flowing in the underprivileged countries that need it the most. A working well and the sensor it contains can be viewed at Innovation Village.

Daniel Kish gave a presentation on how echolocation works, describing how his FlashSonar technique can trick the brain into thinking sound is light, creating mental pictures for individuals with little to no eyesight.

To be given presentations by these four individuals was a treat – they truly are pioneers in their fields!

To end the night, our local partner The National Ability Center threw a proper Utah party with a barn barbecue and film festival featuring multiple films including the feature, Jeff Lowe’s Metanoia. Tonight our dreams will be full of Grand Canyon caverns, powdery snow and icy climbs.

Continue to #SummitWithUs – there are more barriers to break this weekend!