Giancarlo Beukes is a mechanical and biomedical engineer, inventor, entrepreneur and co-founder of a multi award-winning medical devices start-up called Impulse Biomedical. Along with his business partner and fellow TEDx speaker, Gokul Nair, the vision that led to founding Impulse Biomedical was to develop affordable healthcare technologies for developing and emerging markets, with the aim of ensuring accessibility for all to necessary life-saving technologies.
When we asked him what the number one reason for wanting to give a TEDx talk this year was, he replied, “We want to inspire people to join us in building the medical devices industry in Africa, so that we can ensure accessibility to affordable life-saving healthcare technologies for all.”
During his master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cape Town, Giancarlo developed and invented a number of medical technologies in the fields of sports medicine, asthma, allergy, orthopaedics and public health. He has a passion for people and a keen interest in finding innovative solutions that solve real world problems.
Meet Giancarlo at our upcoming Salon event on 19 October 2019 at Gugu S’thebe in Langa - where he joins his business partner Gokul Nair on stage to inspire more people to get involved and contribute to the development of MedTech startups in Africa.
Here’s what he shared when we fired a few random questions at him:
If you had a superpower, what would it be?
Super smarts to build an Ironman suit.
If you could be any animal in the world, what animal would you be and why?
An elephant, to remember everything. Also, they say an elephant's eyes speak the greatest language.
Any favourite TED/ TEDx talk?
Leveraging mobile devices to improve healthcare by Mohammed Dalwai (2014, TEDxCapeTown)
If you could time travel, where would you go?
I'd go back to the year 1514 in Rome. To sit down with Leonard da Vinci and understand the source of his curiosity.
Which fictional character do you wish you could meet?
Ironman - Tony Stark
If you could sing a duet with anyone, who would it be?