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Shubham Banerjee, a 13-year-old with a creative mind, is now learning what it means to found a start-up technology business in California’s Silicon Valley. He is exploring his potential market, meeting with venture capitalists, planning the launch of his first product and still attending eighth grade at the Champion School in San Jose, Calif. And it all started with Lego Mindstorms EV3 and an interest in helping blind people have access to more affordable technology.
In August 2014, Michael Sayman was hired as Facebook’s youngest full-time software engineer. His journey to a job at one of the world’s most high-profile companies began with a simple love for coding that took him farther than he could have ever dreamed.
Even if you don’t speak the language of code and algorithms, finalists for the 2015 Intel Science Talent Search may have some useful insights for you. KWHS talks to several of the finalists about their projects and discovers a few common themes for anyone looking to embrace innovation and problem-solving — namely, the value of passion, persistence and people who offer support.
Jessamyn Moore, 23, is proof that your digital footprint does not have to be something that looms large and hideous over your life after high school. It can be a powerful tool that you leverage as you build your online persona in preparation for college and career.
Wherever you walk online, you are leaving a digital footprint, and building the size, scope and personality of your online presence. It’s important to manage your digital dirt — your future could depend on it.
Maybe you caught Taylor Swift’s live stream on Yahoo a few weeks back. Yes, that was the 24-year-old music sensation releasing her new album, debuting her new Shake It Off video simultaneously on Vevo and answering Instagram, Twitter and Facebook questions from fans. More importantly, Swift was showing off her mastery of online media as a means of self and music promotion. Social media has changed the music business, which as KWHS explores, is especially powerful for lesser-known artists and performers.
Shoppers with a mobile wallet app can start using their smartphones to make payments at any store that uses a near-field communication reader available at checkout. Lots of companies, from Google to startup Venmo have entered the mobile wallet market, and yet consumers are slow to adopt this new payment method. What’s behind the lack of popularity? Will mobile wallets ever become the norm? This Knowledge@Wharton article – with KWHS commentary from young Silicon Valley tech whiz Daniel Brusilovsky – explores these questions and more.
Jake Coppinger, 17, has always loved technology. When he didn’t get the type of experimentation he was looking for in high school, he began to explore bigger and better ways of creating things on his own. The result? Swirlesque, an intelligent glove that can recognize hand gestures and communicate with a Smartphone to connect to any Internet-enabled device. Coppinger discusses the power of innovative thinking, both inside and outside the classroom.