Talk by Rashad Cureton.
The importance of being an influence to the youth is major. Imagine the next great mind meeting Jake Wharton, Chiu-Ki-Chan or Kristin Marsicano and having them give some words of encouragement and wisdom to keep developing and creating cool projects, that would go a very long way. Building a community from the bottom up is something the tech industry should start focusing on rather than the top level approach that they’ve been taking.
Looking at our industry, we are the professional athletes. Whether you’re team Google, Amazon, Facebook etc we should be inspiring kids to say “one day I want to be working on projects at this company”. We have many young kids that we’re not connecting with and we should focus on changing that. You would be amazed how much impact you can have just by giving some time on the weekend or putting together an after school program with a simple application.