Keen to see what our future looks like, I recently volunteered to spend a day with a bunch of kidpreneurs and kidventors.
I met these enterprising Gen Z students at a technology-related equivalent of the X Factor for kids.
It was organised by Young ICT Explorers to encourage kids aged from eight to 18 to create something meaningful in the areas of information communication and technology.
I rocked up on the day of competition judging, sort of like an X Factor grand final, and was blown away by the kids’ ingenuity, innovation and visionary thinking.
I’m now confident that our future is bright based on what I saw.
Our creativity pipeline
We have a strong pipeline of creative kids who, I hope, will continue making cool relevant stuff for us when they grow up.
What’s more, thanks to their abilities to creatively solve problems, they’re well placed to help us solve epic challenges in business, society and the world as they get older.
Primed for success
Childhood creativity is actually a greater predictor than IQ of success in later life, according to today’s creativity experts. Apparently, it comes down to a kid’s ability to solve problems creatively – or in the way they think – as they navigate life.
Some of the problems these kids addressed through offering innovative technology solutions include childhood obesity, cyber bullying, recycling, water wastage, food disposal, discrimination, saving marine life and operating prosthetic arms via “mind” control.
In their words, here’s what a group of eight to 18-year olds said was most important to them in being creative today:
- The ability to change society
- To solve problems that make a better future
- To find a better way to do things, like improving life
- To make life easier
- To make the world a happier place
An insightful eight year old who created an app to address childhood obesity through providing body mass index (BMI) information added: “There would be more people on earth if we helped each other more, like being creative [through using technology] and making each other happy.”
- Do you think adults should ask kids to help them solve epic problems in the world?