Benediktas Gylys is an active angel-investor, best-selling book author, dedicated builder of Portals, Benediktas Gylys Foundation President and a radio talk show host.
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Portals are technology art sculptures. They connect to a network of identical sculptures built in countries around the world.
Conceived in 2016 after a mystical experience today they have already reached more than 1 billion people with an invitation to meet above borders and labels.
The book 'Lietuva 2120' ('Lithuania 2120') is an unusual experiment of mind inviting to discuss the future of Lithuania and the world.
The book presents 4 utopian and 4 dystopian scenarios for the future world and 48 interviews with Lithuanians like Prime Minister of Lithuania Ingrida Šimonytė, theatre director Dalia Ibelhauptaitė, artists Gediminas and Nomeda Urbonai, entrepreneur Ilja Laurs, philosopher Kristupas Sabolius, inventor Arminas Ragauskas, and many others, who are now creating Lithuania.
Even though discussing and predicting the future is a difficult task, we are responsible for what it would be like after 20, 50, or even 100 years.
Authors: Benediktas Gylys Foundation, Eglė Markevičiūtė.
Publisher: LAPAS Books.
BGF became a friend and a patron of Lithuanian Pavillion at the 58th Venice Biennale, which was later awarded the Golden Lion for the best national participation in 2019.
BGF became a part of a nationwide project Computers for Children. In 2017 and 2018 637 BBC Micro:bit codeable computers were donated to fifth grade students in Kalvarija, Molėtai and Šiauliai districts in Lithuania.
In 2019 BGF supports the implementation of Micro:bit Rally, donates a special Micro:bit Kit to Vilnius Jonas Basanavičius Progymnasium and establishes a special scholarship for IT teachers participating in the project.
BGF became a sponsor for Vilnius-Lithuania iGEM team in the International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition – iGEM 2018, in Boston. Undergraduate team and overgraduate team were both awarded with bronze and gold medals for their projects.
BGF organized the biggest contest for hardware inventors in Lithuania's history. Prize fund of even 21 000 euros was established by the foundation!
20 sponsored photographers, 4 continents, 21 countries, 45 stories.
An extensive book for aspiring virtual entrepreneurs was released in 2017 Fall.
A project that sponsors young creative talents from Lithuania. The foundation is currently sponsoring 11 bright individuals.
In 2014 the foundation financed a team of 10 medics mission to Maidan, Ukraine.