Computational Thinkers Disrupt Summer 2019 was fortunate to have guest entrepenures Chenoa Farnsworth of Blue Startups and Russel Cheng of Devleague visit our students. Along with other visiting business owners and visionaries in Hawaii, such as Ignacio Fleishour and Tiare Thomas, week one of the program allowed students to garner insight from our local professionals on the in’s and out’s of business in the islands.
Farnsworth and Cheng delivered stirring and inspiring talks on the topics of disruptive innovation and the importance of failure.
Farnsworth has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Tech Accelerators of today. Her work with Blue Startups, Hawaii’s only venture accelerator, boasts a portfolio of 76 companies and around $120 million in follow on funding. She spoke to our students on the importance of disruptive innovation in the current economic landscape.
She additionally taught our students the value of technology based businesses. Through her guidance and wisdom, students engaged in concentrated discussions on entrepreneurship and how they too can be disruptive innovators, particularly in their home state of Hawaii.
Devleague, founded in Hawaii in 2013 by Cheng and co-founder Jason Sewell, has been working to instruct the local community through intense curriculums in fields such as web design and cyber security. Cheng, like Fransworth, represents some of Hawaii’s leading entrepreneurs in the tech space.
Cheng offered Disrupt Summer students a dynamic talk focusing on the importance of failure. His lively pressence and real-world, tangible examples helped the students grasp the all important lesson: You will fail. And, thats a good thing.
Students left Cheng’s talk energized and ready to embrace their upcoming weeks in the program. By the end of Disrupt Summer, they created final projects, products and business proposals aimed to impact one of Hawaii’s current and socioeconomic challenges.
Without the guidance of guest entrepreneurs such as Farnsworth, Cheng, and our other speakers from week one (who you can read more on their visits here) the students would not have been able to create such thoughtful and community motivated final works.
We’d again wish to thank all of our speakers for their time and dedication to local students. We humbly appreciate their support of Computational Thinkers Disrupt Summer’s mission to teach students how to be disruptive innovators in their local communities, starting at any age.