The future success and prosperity of the global economy increasingly depend on our ability to harness talent and to encourage the creativity and innovation of young people. Now more than ever young people need to know they matter and given the opportunity, they can change the world around them.
Technology has the potential to transcend all boundaries and connect young people across the world through creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, but most importantly, equip the next generation with the tools they need to solve the problems of tomorrow.As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, Acorn Aspirations in partnership with Code To Inspire (Herat, Afghanistan), Choose2Matter (Denver, Colorado) Tyler Web Dev (Texas, USA) and Coding-U (Concepcion, Chile) is running a global virtual reality hackathon, where young people aged 12-18 will collaborate with mentors from universities and local tech communities to develop Virtual Reality experiences that would help address social problems in their local communities and worldwide.
#AcornHackVR will bring together teens in technology for a 2-day extravaganza of problem-solving and inspiration using virtual reality technology. Apart from tech and human-focused design, they will have gained skills in communication, delegation, adaptability – skills valued in any industry.
The skills gap is costing the UK economy alone around £63bn a year in lost income.’
– Digital Skills Report, 2016
‘Almost 50% of employers have a digital skills gap, which includes specialist technical roles.’ Digital Skills Report, 2016‘The benefits [of greater digital skills and inclusion] are huge. In this new report, in terms of productivity, there is a benefit of £358 million for individuals, and £243 million for government in additional revenue.’ – The Economic Impact of Basic Digital Skills and Inclusion in the UK , 2016
It is believed that young people lack soft skills:
‘Nine in ten employers believe job-seekers should focus on soft skills just as much as their grades… Yet 60 per cent of young people think businesses only care about academic grades’ – Duke of Edinburgh, 2017
‘60% of managers claim the new graduates do not have the critical thinking and problem solving skills’ – Forbes, 2016
WHAT IS ACORN ASPIRATIONS?
At Acorn Aspirations we believe teenagers should be part of this technological transformation and have an opportunity to create technology alongside the most innovative minds and tech creators. We know that young people learn best when they are equipped with the right tools and environment that nurture their creativity. During our hackathons, bootcamps and accelerator programmes we explore A.I./Machine Learning, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Mixed Reality and introduce young people to the most innovative and impactful technologies that are changing the world. Our latest hackathon explored Artificial Intelligence tools to address depression, anxiety, stress, phobias and more.
At Acorn Aspirations we design learning experiences that nurture entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity in young people. We develop future leaders – leaders that will be making tomorrow’s world a better place. We prepare young people for the jobs that do not yet exist. Young people that learn through our programmes WILL BE the ones to create those jobs.
Join us. Learn with us. Reinvent education with us!