A couple of weeks ago, I was discussing the future of entrepreneurship with Idit Harel, founder of Globaloria, an organization that brings computer science education to schools across the United States. A tech CEO and expert in epistemology and learning sciences, Harel's mission is to teach the leaders of tomorrow to think deeply, ask big questions, and solve hard problems through technology.
During our discussion, she mentioned that it's so imperative for young people to have a computer science education because entrepreneurs are quickly dreaming up new technologies that we can't even fathom yet - and as a society, we have to foster a spirit of innovation in order to keep up with what we've already accomplished!
If you think that millennials had a significant advantage, being that they grew up with technology and entrepreneurial role models - just think about what the next generation will build on top of that. And we're not only talking about catching Pokémons, chatting online, taking cheaper taxis and other inventions that make our lives more fun and easy. Entrepreneurs are also tackling huge global problems by doing what they do best: thinking creatively.
Prime example. If you haven't heard of CrowdOptic yet, it won't be long before you do. This prolific team of engineers is putting their brains together to help first responders (and other professionals) do their jobs better.
Through instant GPS coordinates and verification of what people are looking at with their smartphones, CrowdOptic provides a live streaming device that adapts to any environment. So basically, when people take out their smartphones to video a fire, bombing, or attack - the technology takes all of those sources and transforms them into a live-stream video. This helps first responders locate and understand the problem more accurately.
The technology will also be used to help doctors figure out how to best treat patients on the scene by getting the most accurate view of their injuries and assist remote field technicians, giving them access to support through a two-way audio option.
Companies like CrowdOptic have dedicated their entire businesses to solving global problems - while others have found creative ways to work "doing good" into their business models. Jia Wertz, CEO of Studio 15, for example, is using the success of her business to create job opportunities for women in third world countries, making a huge difference in the lives of the people that need it most.
Studio 15 is an online women's clothing outlet that is positioned "at the intersection of philanthropy and style." While volunteering in Uganda, Wertz was inspired by the fearless spirit, unwavering humor and courage of the women she met there; so much in fact, that she made it her mission to help them grow their economy. A portion of all sales from Studio 15 is dedicated to helping women in developing areas gain the resources they need to start their own sustainable businesses. This model not only lends itself to helping poverty-stricken areas, but also empowers more women to join the ranks as leaders - something our future desperately needs.
The progressive creativity is not only making an impact on our world today- but is also setting up tomorrow's leaders to make even bigger strides. By learning from one another, we can be increasingly creative about how we solve problems. All bets are off and literally nothing is off the table! Take it from Idit, "Entrepreneurship is a lot about learning; you're inventing a company that didn't exist before, so you have to lead into a learning culture. Never fear change. Learn in real time...we can build great teams and learn together."