Written by Aanikh Kler.
I believe that our generation can truly make the world a better place through social entrepreneurship. As the future custodians of the world, I believe that our generation can think WE over ME.
Since grade eight, I have been a member of a Free The Children Group in Vancouver, British Columbia, and have learned of their many different amazing projects that help youth all over the world.
By WARREN JANE
Sixteen-year-old Vancouver student Aanikh Kler has been speaking to other kids about pursuing and developing their ideas in the wake of his Dragon’s Den appearance, where he scored a deal with Arlene Dickinson on his ringtone app, UndrTheRadr.
On Tuesday afternoon, he spoke to about 25 teens at the City of Surrey’s first Teen Hackathon at City Centre Library, where students brought their laptops, tablets and smartphones to try and use open data available online to design a useful app for the city.
“Part of my [public] speaking is I get to see all the amazing things cities and schools are now doing to help foster innovation and ideas,” said Kler. “I think an event like this where you have people that know so much about apps and creating them can help piece the idea and the technical aspect together, which will actually help in creating apps going forward.”
Also at the event were representatives from Microsoft and Mozilla, the company that created the Firefox browser, as well as Surrey’s geographic information systems manager, Sean Simpson, who said that the aim of the hackathon was for youth to start thinking about ways they can develop technology to help others.
“We want to get them involved in social issues and civic issues and try to make them civic-minded. We also know that teenagers never leave a smart phone; it’s always in their hand,” said Simpson. “We want to try to connect them with issues that are civic issues, with technology. So today we’re trying to connect the dots for them.”
When I was a kid, the thing I dreaded most was public speaking. Give me a pop quiz, a spelling test, a science project, anything, any day, but a debate or reciting a speech? Um, no thank you. Even now, the idea of getting in front of people and talking makes me shudder, and just reminds me of the sweats and the shakes I would get when I wasn’t faking a stomachache and running out of the classroom. True story.
Thankfully, there are some kids who enjoy putting it all out there. That’s right, it’s that time of year, “Dragons’ Den” fans, when students stand in front of the firing squad comprised of Kevin O’Leary, Jim Treliving, Bruce Croxon, Arlene Dickinson and David Chilton, to see whether their dreams will come true or be shot down. Hard.
Posted by YouInc
When a friend’s mobile phone was confiscated in class, Aanikh Kler had an epiphany that led to the development of a ringtone that could only be heard by people under 21. It not only changed his life, but the lives of underprivileged kids halfway around the world.