Emerging Prairie Welcomes New Intern: Martin Altenburg

Emerging Prairie is excited to welcome our third intern for the year, Martin! Learn more about Martin in his Q&A below and make sure to welcome him if you see him around!

Meet Martin

Nickname: Martin

Hometown: Fargo, ND

Currently a student at Stanford (just graduated from North High School)

What has been the most influential technology innovation in your lifetime?

Though the internet itself has existed since the 1990s, the innovations associated with it during the 21st century have had a massive influence on a scientific and economic level. It’s hard to reimagine how I would work and study without the internet and broadband connections.

What do you do in your free time?

I enjoy practicing violin, running, biking through the surrounding fields in Fargo, and doing yoga with Emma and Kirsten.

What’s your favorite hidden gem that you’ve discovered so far in Fargo?  

As someone who has been heavily involved in orchestra and chamber groups, I love the fact that Fargo has such a strong arts scene. From the Plains Art Museum to the Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra, there are so many events and places to visit if you’re interested in seeing what artists from around the area are doing.

How did you first hear of Emerging Prairie?

As a cofounder and long time member of the Fargo Youth Initiative, I knew about the existence and purpose of Emerging Prairie through attending events like TEDx and having an Emerging Prairie alumni (Sebastian Patron) on the Fargo Youth Initiative. After researching more about the specific purpose of Emerging Prairie, I decided that applying to be an intern would be an awesome opportunity.

What do you hope to learn as an intern of Emerging Prairie?

In many ways, the possibilities for the future economy and landscape of Fargo are endless. Growing up near downtown fargo, I’ve been able to see how this area has opened itself to a startup/entrepreneur culture that can be attributed largely to Emerging Prairie. Because of this, I’m particularly excited to learn more about what industries Fargo can become a leader in and how I can help progress Fargo as a startup community.