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Teenagers who are leveraging on Technology to developed great products

A Cheap self-driving cars, charging your smartphone in 20-seconds? These under-20s are changing the world.

Can you still remember what you were doing back when you were 17, or 18-year-old? Doubt it will be anything groundbreaking or world changing, at least for the majority of us.

In the past week, there were 3 young bright minds, all under the age of 20, that made the news with their scientific breakthroughs and engineering project, that could potentially change how we drive our cars, charge our smartphones and even travel underwater!

Here’s a look at these 3  young innovators:

1)  Ionut Budisteanu: cheap, self-driving cars

This 19-year old Romanian high school student developed a technology for self-driving cars. He was awarded the Gordon E.Moore Award and took home $75,000 at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, a huge international science competition to highlight scientific creation by high school students from around the world.

How’s this different from Google’s self-driving car technology? Significantly cheaper. Google’s system would cost approximately $75,000 while Ionut’s system would cost around $4,000. As people are warming up to the idea that their cars can drive itself, the next concern is how much would such system cost to be integrated with their cars. If Ionut’s technology is viable without compromising quality and safety at this price, consumers will be more willing to pay the additional premium for self-driving option car. But issues like insurance liabilities and regulation will make it a while longer before we will see cars driving itself around us even if the cost of the technology is low.

Read more at: http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/students-self-driving-car-tech-wins-intel-science-fair-1C9977186

2)  Esha Khare: supercharger to charge devices in 20-seconds

It takes hours to charge anything that is battery-powered (ie. your smartphone). Despite all the innovation we see with smartphones and electric car, battery technology always has been lagging. Esha, an 18-year old Californian teen has created a super-fast charging device that can potentially charge phone in 20-seconds. She has only used it to charge a light -emitting diode(LED) so far but she envisions her technology for wider application. She won herself $50,000 from Intel’s event.

Esha’s technology will have a strong positive implication for the transportation industry. Battery-powered electric car is the best alternative currently to replace fuel-combustion engines to combat climate change. Besides the cost of battery vehicles, ‘range anxiety’ or the fear of running out of power is a concern for car owners. Even with many charging stations around, it takes significantly longer than the time it takes to pumping fuel into your current car to juice up your electric vehicle.

Slash that time down to 20-30 seconds and we will see a greener future with more electric cars on the street. Bye bye fog. Oh, and there’s no more need to lug around a portable charger anymore.

Read more at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2327021/Esha-Khare-Teens-invention-charge-cellphone-20-seconds.html

3)  Justin Beckerman: homemade submarine

Unlike the first 2, Justin, 18 from New Jersey did not participate in Intel’s fair. Nonetheless, his feat is worth mentioning.

Still a high school student, Justin is building his one functioning submarine. Not so world changing, as far as I can see. But it is only a matter of time with his engineering talent and passion Justin will come up with some high-impact technology. 

Read more at: http://www.businessinsider.com/high-schooler-justin-beckerman-homemade-submarine-2013-5?op=1

 

After coming across these 3 individuals over the past week, I reflected on our Malaysian education system. Our version of education was to memorise and pass exams, not so much of learning. Application of knowledge wasn’t an important part of the syllabus. Sad to say (and unfortunate for me), the usefulness of what I learnt back in school only started revealing itself when I grew older, in my 20s. Imagine what could be achieved if we were exposed to greater application of knowledge and encouraged to explore creative ways to apply this knowledge as soon as we pick this new knowledge up. Young minds, with their unbounded creativity will surprise us with interesting, potential use of the knowledge they learnt. Little or none was done in our curriculum to allow our young minds to explore our creative side.

Rarely we see primary or high school students achieving feats like the 3 mentioned here. My experience tells me that anything that did not contribute to improving our academic results is deemed useless and irrelevant with exception to the standard sports and musical activities. Anything out of this, your parents and teachers will be really skeptical of it , advise you to quit doing what you are doing and go focus on your studies or attend tuitions. Our current form of education has a narrow scope. In reality, education can encompass many things so long it is adding to the knowledge that students gain.

In my opinion, I think this behaviour comes down to the risk-averse nature of our society. We study, sit for exams, obtain certificates and repeat the cycle. This path is structured and widely accepted and the outcome is predictable which is gaining more academic qualifications. What you put in, you know what you might get out of it. When pursuing something else with uncertain or unknown outcomes, it’s our nature to avoid and discourage such pursuits. Invest all your time and resources but risk getting back nothing is a path that we avoid. Inventions, creation, development and taking our human civilization to the next frontier requires us to explore uncertainties, to take the path not taken. Without it, we stay stagnant. The future of generations after us is determined by how we treat this not-so-structured form of education and the true meaning of learning.

By the way, did you guys learn anything out of Moral Education? I still ain’t sure what I went through this subject.

 

Cradle Coach and Grow Programme 2nd Series

Coach and Grow Programme or CGP is a market driven coaching programme intended to bring together key players in the entrepreneurial ecosystem to support and fortify technology entrepreneurs grow their businesses to greater heights.

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“A coach is part advisor, part sounding board, part cheerleader, part manager and part strategist. – The Business Journal

Yes, it’s true, even the great Steve Jobs had a coach – It was none other than Bill Campbell – who also happened to coach Eric Schmidt (Chairman of Google). It is also true that most top CEOs are heavy users of CEO coaching.

No matter how good you are, a coach can provide an external perspective, share his experience or specific skills or expertise and even act as a sounding board when you need someone to bounce ideas with or provide an honest, independent opinion. We believe that a lot of people, unless coached, are unable to reach their maximum potential. We also believe that leaders who have the best coaching skills have better business results.

Sounds interesting and up for the exciting challenge? Then grab this opportunity to participate in a unique industry-led Coaching Programme. You will receive coaching from not one but TWO coaches who will customise coaching to meet YOUR business needs and goals. These coaches will work with you over a period of 6 months on a group and one to one basis each month. Once coaching is completed, they will continue to be available to you for a further 6 months.

Coach

And the best part is: it’s absolutely FREE!

Don’t make the same mistakes thousands of companies have before. Be the success story that people talk about. Let the experienced coaches and trainers share their experience and expertise with you. The coaches will work with you to customise strategies for YOUR business.

What’s the catch? You need to dedicate 2 senior management personnel for 3 to 4 days a month (max) for three months. Thereafter you work ON YOUR BUSINESS and have, for the remaining nine months, interactions and access to your two coaches to bring all your plans and strategies to fruition.

If you are serious about making your business a success, then this program is for you.

There are programmes for ALL Stages of growth, whether you just have an idea, have completed your prototype but not yet commercialised, products out in the market but want to create traction fast or even GO GLOBAL!! It doesn’t matter which industry you are in – ICT, Bio, Green, E&E, Energy – we have programmes for all of you. University researchers – we haven’t forgotten you. We have a programme relevant for you. There are only TWO requirements – you are Malaysian or a Malaysian majority owned company and you are developing innovative technology products or services!

We are having a briefing session on 12 June 2013 at Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd. Please find below details for more information of the briefing session.

 Coach

PROGRAMME BRIEFING SESSION

DETAILS
Date: 12 June 2013
Time:  09:00am – 1:00pm
Location:Suite 4.8.1, Level 4, PNB Darby Park,10 Jalan Binjai,

50450 Kuala Lumpur

Who Should Attend:Malaysian Companies developing innovative technology or technology related products or services. All industry sectors are welcome.

 

Send in your RSVP at [email protected].my or [email protected].

Hurry, seats are limited. Registration closes on 10 June 2013, 12.00pm.

Learn more about the programme at www.cradle.com.my/about/coach-and-grow-programme or call us at +60321810440 or our partners +0193529960 Ms Norhazlinda Mansor.

 

Agenda:

Time Programmes
9.00am – 9.20am Registration
9.20am – 9.30am Opening remarks by Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd
9.30am – 10.00am Presentation: Cradle Investment Programme (CIP) FundingBy En. Ahmad Nizam Ismail, Senior Executive, Strategic Partnership
10.00am – 10.30am Presentation: Cradle Coach & Grow Programme (CGP)By Dr. Sivapalan, Chief Evangelist, Proficeo Consultants Sdn Bhd
10.30am – 11.00am Break
11.00am – 11.15am Sharing Session with CGP2011/2012 Entrepreneur (1)By En. Ezmir Razali, Geoflex Sdn Bhd
11.15am – 11.30pm Sharing Session with CGP2011/2012 Entrepreneur (2)By Mr.Edwin Tay , Hescar Sdn Bhd
11.30pm – 12.00pm Dialogue Session with the agencies – facilitated by Cradle reps
12.00pm – 1.00pm Networking
1.00pm Session ends

 

Cradle Coach and Grow Programme

Coach and Grow Programme or CGP is a market driven coaching programme intended to bring together key players in the entrepreneurial ecosystem to support and fortify technology entrepreneurs grow their businesses to greater heights.

“A coach is part advisor, part sounding board, part cheerleader, part manager and part strategist.” – The Business Journal

Photo Credit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/
Photo Credit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/

How can a Coach actually help you in running business?

Yes, it’s true, even the great Steve Jobs had a coach – It was none other than Bill Campbell – who also happened to coach Eric Schmidt (Chairman of Google). It is also true that most top CEOs are heavy users of CEO coaching.

No matter how good you are, a coach can provide an external perspective, share his experience or specific skills or expertise and even act as a sounding board when you need someone to bounce ideas with or provide an honest, independent opinion. We believe that a lot of people, unless coached, are unable to reach their maximum potential. We also believe that leaders who have the best coaching skills have better business results.

Sounds interesting and up for the exciting challenge? Then grab this opportunity to participate in a unique industry-led Coaching Programme. You will receive coaching from not one but TWO coaches who will customise coaching to meet YOUR business needs and goals. These coaches will work with you over a period of 6 months on a group and one to one basis each month. Once coaching is completed, they will continue to be available to you for a further 6 months.

 Coach

And the best part is: it’s absolutely FREE!

Don’t make the same mistakes thousands of companies have before. Be the success story that people talk about. Let the experienced coaches and trainers share their experience and expertise with you. The coaches will work with you to customise strategies for YOUR business.

What’s the catch? You need to dedicate 2 senior management personnel for 3 to 4 days a month (max) for three months. Thereafter you work ON YOUR BUSINESS and have, for the remaining nine months, interactions and access to your two coaches to bring all your plans and strategies to fruition.

If you are serious about making your business a success, then this program is for you.

There are programmes for ALL Stages of growth, whether you just have an idea, have completed your prototype but not yet commercialised, products out in the market but want to create traction fast or even GO GLOBAL!! It doesn’t matter which industry you are in – ICT, Bio, Green, E&E, Energy – we have programmes for all of you. University researchers – we haven’t forgotten you. We have a programme relevant for you. There are only TWO requirements – you are Malaysian or a Malaysian majority owned company and you are developing innovative technology products or services!

We are having a briefing session on 30 May 2013 at Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil. Please find below details for more information of the briefing session.

Coach

PROGRAMME BRIEFING SESSION

DETAILS
Date: 30 May 2013
Time:  09:00am – 1:00pm
Location:Auditorium, Ground Floor, Resource Centre,Technology Park Malaysia,Lebuhraya Puchong-Sg Besi,Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur
Who Should Attend:Malaysian Companies developing innovative technology or technology related products or services. All industry sectors are welcome.

 

Send in your RSVP at [email protected] or [email protected].

Hurry, seats are limited. Registration closes on 29 May 2013, 12.00pm.

Learn more about the programme at www.cradle.com.my/about/coach-and-grow-programme or call us at +60321810440 or our partners +0389923075 Ms Izniza Afzan Mustafa Albakri.

 

Agenda:

Time Programmes
9.00am – 9.20am Registration
9.20am – 9.30am Opening remarks by Technology Park Malaysia
9.30am – 10.00am Presentation: Cradle Investment Programme (CIP) FundingBy En. Ahmad Nizam Ismail, Senior Executive, Strategic Partnership
10.00am – 10.30am Presentation: Cradle Coach & Grow Programme (CGP)By Dr. Sivapalan, Chief Evangelist, Proficeo Consultants Sdn Bhd
10.30am – 11.00am Break
11.00am – 11.15am Sharing Session with CGP2011/2012 Entrepreneur (1)By En. Yusno Yunos, Y Us Sdn Bhd
11.15am – 11.30pm Sharing Session with CGP2011/2012 Entrepreneur (2)By Mr. Tham Keng Yew, Socialwalk Sdn Bhd
11.30pm – 12.00pm Dialogue Session with the agencies – facilitated by TPM reps
12.00pm – 1.00pm Networking
1.00pm Session ends

Note* This article is provided by Cradle.