On April 23, 2010 in Mountain View at Microsoft, SDForum held the fourth annual â€œTech Titans of Tomorrow: Teens Plugged In 2010.â€ The focus was on being more socially and environmentally responsible and using social media. Text from DJCline.com
The opening keynote was given by Josh Becker of New Cycle Capital. Becker is a Green Energy Entrepreneur who for over twenty years has worked at the nexus of community activism, technology, environmentalism, and social justice. He co-founded New Cycle Capital, a pioneer in building socially responsible businesses. Josh also co-founded the Stanford Board of Fellows program, which trains students to serve on the boards of local non-profits, engaging them in social progress at the beginning of their careers, rather than the end. He thinks there is never a better to time to make the world a better place.
Mike Cassidy of the San Jose Mercury News moderated the first panel with college students Matthew Roeckel of Santa Clara University, Sol Tran Santa Clara University, Alvin Tse of Stanford and Nima Wedlake of UC Berkeley. His Silicon Valley Dispatches column looks at the entrepreneurship, diversity and risk-taking tradition that make the valley a place like few others in the world. While seldom watching television they may carry more than one mobile device to surf or text.
Anne Hardy of SAP gave the first corporate spotlight. Hardy leads Technology Innovation initiatives for SAPâ€™s Technology Strategy group. She looks for critical enabling technologies that might disrupt SAPâ€™s platform business.
James Bickford of Tigo Energy gave the first teen success story. After graduating from Santa Clara with a degree in mechanical engineering, James Bickford co-founded Valence Energy to develop energy efficiency software. He gave a hilarious talk about moving a solar house across the country. Bickford became the Marketing Manager at Tigo Energy. Their technology significantly boosts the amount of energy harvested from any solar panel.
Bruce Klafter of Applied Materials gave the second corporate spotlight. Klafter is the Senior Director of Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) and also serves as Head, Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability for Applied Materials. Applied Materials is one of the leading suppliers of equipment and services to several industries, including the semiconductor, flat-panel display and solar photovoltaic industries.
Emily Gran and Julia Sommer of Menlo-Atherton told their success stories saving energy by changing behavior with high schools. Gran got involved in the environmental movement and spread the message to her peers about climate change and encouraging people to get involved.
Shreya Indukuri of The Harker School told her success story. She co-founded SmartPowerEd, a network seeking to connect schools with smart energy-tracking systems to cut carbon emissions and energy costs. She was a youth climate representative at the Governor’s Global Climate Summit and her project was part of a UNICEF documentary. She is currently on the Youth Advisory Board for Alliance for Climate Education, who awarded her project a $5,500 grant for on-campus green initiatives in 2009.
Allison Leopold Tilley of Pillsbury Winthrop moderated the fireside chat “Learning Lessons from Young Entrepreneurs” with Ken Elkabany of PiCloud and Simon Montford of Vibio.
Ken Elkabany graduated with honors from the University of California at Berkeley Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department, getting the William Everitt Award for Excellence in 2007. He co-founded HotSwap, a video ecommerce pioneer. He is the CEO of PiCloud, providing true utility computing in the cloud. He is also a published academic researcher in biomedical engineering.
Simon Montford is a British serial entrepreneur born in London. Some of his ventures were Corsellis-Montford Interactive, acquired by New Media Industries Group in 2000 and icollector Plc, purchased in 1999 by Able Auctions Inc. He left London to become an Entrepreneur in residence at Edinburgh University in 2007 and is currently founder and CEO of Vibio (UK) Ltd and Vibio Inc.
After lunch there was the â€œCall to Action: Teens Reach Out.â€ Teen entrepreneurs and developers gave their thirty second pitch on their projects.
Crystal Yan of Monta Vista High School told her teen success story. Yan is the Founder of Torque Media Group (design agency with a nonprofit branch that offers pro-bono design packages to startups/nonprofits), Co-Founder of Social Startup Summit (high-impact social entrepreneurship unconference for youth), Co-Curator of What’s Next: 25 Big Ideas from 25 Gen-Yers Under 25 (an e-book with big ideas from under-25 entrepreneurs/activists), and Founder of EconForAll (media campaign to with tools to make learning fun for K-12 educators and nonprofits). She is a trilingual Chinese American student entrepreneur in the San Francisco Bay Area. She talked about ways to eradicate polio.
Alison van Diggelen of Fresh Dialogues moderated the second panel with high school students from local Bay Area high schools discusses how they use technology and their personal interest in technology and entrepreneurship.
Amy Strande of Microsoft gave the third corporate spotlight. Strande is a Director with the Student Audience Marketing team.Â She has launched connected the digital experiences of website, mobile andÂ competitions to reach students and give them low cost software, career advice, and school success tips.
Chris McCann of Startup Digest told his teen success story. McCann is an entrepreneur, writer, and general activist in the entrepreneurial community of Silicon Valley and San Luis Obispo. He has led the entrepreneurial programs at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he started an alumni led incubator Innovation Quest. He leads social media strategy for TEDx Silicon Valley.
Matt Thompson of Microsoft moderated the third panel Ben Narasin of TriplePoint Capital, Gamiel Gran of Sierra Ventures, Eli Chait of Alsop Louie Partners. They listened as teen entrepreneurs pitched to investors and experienced entrepreneurs, got advice and input on their projects. Text from DJCline.com
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