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Island17 Demo Day

From January 3 through January 14, a group of extraordinary cross-sector leaders came together via Dream Tank to mentor 5 University Students as part of a 2 week “Careers for the Common Good Winternships” program through Brown University for students to get real world experience in gaming design and tokenomics. Witness what these students, along with other youth collaborators and mentors from diverse backgrounds accomplished in a 2-week sprint. Their mission was to build a prototype of the beginning elements of Island17 and launch our first NFT. Watch the teaser/animated storyboard below for a taste of what they’ll be working on. You and your kids, and young people or others in your life, can join the Island17 metaverse and be rewarded while designing a video game for a thriving future for all.

What is Island17?

‌Island17 is being built on the backbone of 6 years of learning and working with youth through Dream Tank even further by inviting the youth to address local and global challenges using the framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development goals within a global online/offline multiplayer mission – based game which is community owned and driven, with youth innovation at its core. Island 17 builds off of and gamifies Dream Tank programming. 17 stands for the 17th Sustainable Development Goal which is partnerships – as we can’t achieve any significant change in the world without creating the conditions for economically driven, self-motivated collaboration. We will incorporate impact-based tokenization incentives via a blockchain ecosystem to allow youth to not only design businesses, but find funding for their ideas and solutions as well. Island 17 will allow us to reach millions of youth worldwide and catapult our collective impact across generations. More background and context here in this Dream Tank CEO update email.


11am EST: Introductions – students and the cohort mentors

11:30 am EST: Demos of Island 17 mini prototype, and NFT drop

12:00 pm – 2:00pm EST: Breakout groups. Guests meet students in small groups to ask questions, be engaged, and learn how they can get involved. Three rooms to choose from:

  1. MTP – Massively Transformative Purpose exercise
  2. Island17 Rewards Challenges – vote and earn tokens
  3. Onboarding – learn about wallets and value exchange


Kris Diallo (Class of 2023) – Cheyenne Chau (Class of 2023) – Seowon “Thomas” Chang (Class of 2025) – Quinn Coleman (Class of 2023) – Elaine Kim (Class of 2024)


Aditya Dixit (NYU Masters Student, USA and India), Juan Pablo Quintero (University of Miami Business School, USA, Miami), Emma Kraft (USA, Berkeley), Hardy Rietkerk (HS Senior in Amsterdam)

Island 17 Braintrust Council Mentors for this sprint:

Heidi Cuppari – Kyle Piorkowski – Sumita Kumar – Margaret Kral – Kate Kissane – Shashi Dubey – Shanchli Aggarwal – Niki Faldemolaei – Pam Jeffries – Ying Zhou – Amber Brandner – Orion Orev – Silvio F. Pupo – Cody Gould – Rachel Clifton – Vaughn Bergen – Stephen Cutter

Sprint Partners:

Brown University, Open Exo, Indian School of Natural Spiritual Sciences, Singularity Group, Logos Capital, Logos Blue Foundation, Liquid Light Project, systemCHANGR, Wealth Dynamics, Humans I Trust, Spiritual Warriors, Pangaea, Wuji Games, and more.


POP Movement Concert in Honor of Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri

Dream Tank is deeply honored to host part of the music concert on the Dream Tank Portal this Friday!  Dream Tank’s own Global Youth Ambassador, Dany Gottera, will be performing at the concert. Come join us! We will be livestreaming in the Theater room of the Portal. Register HERE ASAP!  

On the 81st birth anniversary of the POP Movement’s Late Chief Mentor, Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri (Patchy to many), the POP global family commemorates his memory through a series of tributary messages, art, and music performances.

Awards in the names of Dr. Pachauri and John “Mac” McQuown will be launched. The RK Pachauri Award for youth-led climate action, the John “Mac” McQuown award for youth-led climate technology and innovation, and a crowdfunding campaign will be announced to raise resources for rewarding young climate leaders to advance the mission and work of Dr. Pachauri’s brain-child, the POP (Protect Our Planet) Movement.


DreamMakers spoke at the POP Festival for Youth-led Climate Action

Some of our Dream Makers (youth social entrepreneurs) were invited to participate in a session called “Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship in Climate Action” this morning, June 9, 2021.

This discussion on day 5 of the POP Festival for Youth-led ClimateAction, 2021 highlighted the vision, experience, and lessons learned from new-age entrepreneurs who have used creativity and technology in various ways to combat climate change.⠀POP (Protect Our Planet) is a non-profit organization that promotes and mobilizes global action and aims to empower the youth to have active participation in addressing issues of climate change faced by our planet.

Check it out here:


Photos from the event, from Left:
Zoom screenshot with youth and leaders around the world, Emma Kraft talking about Coral Sunscreen, Cody Gould demonstrating his SDG Virtual World, Heidi Cuppari speaking about Dream Tank as a whole.

May the Fourth be with You @ The New Dream Tank Virtual Headquarters

Dream Tank is excited to unveil our new virtual headquarters, hosted on the RedRex platform. On May 4th, we will be hosting our first event in this space, an open house for our highly aligned partners, mentors, investors and Dream Makers to come together and network for good!

What: Activate the Force on the 4th with an open house and tours of our HQ, Networking, Partnership Opportunities.
*Feel free to dress up as your favorite Star Wars character!*

Date: May 4, 2021 – One of our favorite days of the year

Time: Two Times Available to Join

Partnerships and Collaboration and HQ Tours– 11am-1pm EST / 10-12pm CST / 9-11 MST / 8-10 PST
Youth and family tours / sneak peek of initial Island 17 / Gaming for Good prototype, applications for the program to develop the game. 6-8pm EST / 5-7pm CST / 4-6pm MST / 3-5pm PST

Background and Origin of The Dream Tank Portal

In November 2019, Dream Tank’s CEO Heidi Cuppari met the CEO of RedRex Jenn Bonine, on a call in preparation for Jenn to speak at a collective impact event Dream Tank was producing along with The Digital Economist.  The more they talked, they learned they were both women in tech and entrepreneurship, moms with entrepreneurial and service oriented children, and they’d both be in Davos for the World Economic Forum’s 50th annual meeting. In that first meeting, they came up with the phrase “Rapid Action Collaboration,” shook hands that they’d support each other, led a roundtable at the event to activate their friendship and partnership Since then, they’ve volunteered, sponsored, celebrated, strategized in person, co-produced collective impact events, hackathons, and put their kids and many others on the UN stage as Youth Ambassadors together.  

A year and a half later, their wonderful teams are now launching the Dream Tank virtual Headquarters, The Dream Tank Portal, powered by Red Rex, who has invested much time, money and talent to create a space for youth to feel safe, heard, dream, design and launch their dreams, collaborate with cross sector leaders, and most of all, have fun.

About Red Rex

Red Rex creates virtual office buildings with their own floors, layouts, office spaces, and conference rooms. The Dream Tank Portal includes offices for our team and key partners, meeting themed conference rooms, and walls to display artwork and get inspired. We’re excited to host you there!

Events at The Dream Tank Portal

Stay tuned! We’ll be hosting more networking events and collaboration sessions in the Dream Tank Portal and highlighting the work of our Dream Makers and Incredible Partners. 

Opportunities for Partners

We’ve got some truly amazing partners here at Dream Tank and we want to put a spotlight on them and be a space for radical collaboration. Partners and partner organizations can contact us for a chance to be nominated as an SDG ambassador at one of the Dream Tank Portal events. This means they’ll get their own room in the Dream Tank Portal for the event, will be featured as a keynote speaker, and will be highlighted on our website and in our blog. If you’re looking to make strategic connections and get even more out of your partnership with Dream Tank, this is for you! 

This is just the Beginning! 

The Virtual HQ powered by Red Rex is just the first step on our journey to create a global youth social entrepreneurship ecosystem. It is a place to find strategic partners, or to join the mission to build Island 17, or even to just be inspired by all of the amazing things that young people can accomplish when we enable them to build their dreams. So join us, step into our mission control, and help us reach 1 billion youth who are going to engineer the future, today.    

RSVP Below and ensure to provide your email, and we will send you a specific access badge to enter the virtual building on May 4.


Dream Tank is a 501c3 non-profit social enterprise. Contributions to DreamTank ™ are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.