Berlin: Secretary Kerry Hits the Summit From Basecamp

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry engages young German innovators and leaders at his first Youth Connect event with moderator/journalist Cherno Jobatey in Berlin, Germany, February 26, 2013. [State Department Photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Leyla Ones serves as Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General Munich.

Hundreds of smart devices and laptops weren’t the only things buzzing this morning at Berlin’s Basecamp! Over 100 German and American students and young professionals gathered at this trendy part coffee shop, part high-tech store to join Secretary John Kerry in kicking off the first “Youth Connect” event. U.S. Embassy Berlin and Facebook co-hosted this exchange of ideas with Germany’s next generation of leaders and innovators. Popular German host Cherno Jobatey got the crowd excited before the Secretary arrived and moderated the event.

To underscore Secretary Kerry’s point that we live in a world more interconnected than ever, during the one-hour event, #youthconnect tweets were flying, Facebook postings were stacking up on… more »

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