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3 Great Lessons the SpaceX Rocket Launch Offers for Kids

February 10, 2018

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay This past week, SpaceX launched a test of their Falcon Heavy Rocket – the most powerful rocket in the world. By all accounts, the test was a huge success. In fact, you may have seen a video clip of the Falcon Heavy booster rockets synchronized return to land. You may have also seen that instead of the traditional concrete block t...


Making Sense of Screen Time - A Parent's Guide

January 27, 2018

It seems as if every other week, a new article or study is coming out providing guidance on the appropriate use of screen time for kids: Screen Time for Kids is Awful – And I Can’t Live Without It (Wall Street Journal), What if Children Should be Spending More Time with Screens? (Wall Street Journal) or Children are Tech Addicts  - And Schools Are the Pushers (The Guardian). One of the biggest ...


Inventing the Next Big Thing

December 16, 2017

Over the last several decades, we have witnessed groundbreaking technological innovations that underpinned market leading companies. These companies were initially envisioned by teams of technologist who have a vision for the future along with the capabilities to make their vision a reality. What were the commonalities of these companies? Is there anything the next generation can learn from the...


The Parent’s Introductory Guide to Understanding Augmented & Virtual Reality

December 2, 2017

Recently Magic Leap, an augmented reality startup, received a $500 million dollar investment. This investment is in addition to the $1.4 billion dollars already received and includes participation from moonshot supporter Google. Another augmented reality company, Niantic, maker of Pokemon Go recently received a $200 million dollar investment to develop a Harry Potter title. 3 years ago, Faceboo...


The Introductory Parent’s Guide to Understanding Cryptocurrency

November 11, 2017

Over the last several weeks, there have been increasing amounts of attention paid to cryptocurrencies.  It’s hard to turn on the television or go onto social media without seeing some story or cute meme about cryptocurrency. This emerging technology has generated a ton of interest among techies, investors, and the general public. In fact, the two most popular cryptocurrencies – Bitcoin (BTC) an...


Keeping our Tech Talent in Chicago

September 23, 2017

We’re facing a generational crisis in our city. For the second year in a row, Chicago is the only one of America’s ten largest cities to see it's population decrease. Residents are leaving the entire Chicagoland area en masse, mostly for the Sun Belt states. The Chicago Tribune has found various reasons for this shift, including taxes, state budget issues, crime, the unemployment rate and weath...


I wanna be like Mike!

September 2, 2017

When I was a kid, Gatorade came out with this popular commercial entitled, “I wanna be like Mike”. In the background of the commercial showing Michael Jordan making some unbelievable moves, the words that played were –‘sometimes I dream that he is me, you’ve got to see that’s how I dream to be, like Mike….if I could be like Mike’. Michael Jordan was an amazing, once in a generation, sports phen...


Self-Driving Cars, Powered by Humans.....Coming Soon!

April 15, 2017

As a former automotive engineer at Ford Motor Company, this has been an exciting week. First, Tesla announced that they would launch electric and self-driving pick-up and commercial trucks. It is widely believed that these vehicles will be equipped with self-driving technology as current model Tesla’s have this feature. Toward the end of the week, it was discovered that Apple had received appro...


Who will manage the artificial intelligence machines?

December 29, 2016

One of the largest, most successful hedge funds in the world, Bridgewater Associates, will be using artificial intelligence to remove the element human of emotion from decision making. In the process, humans will move from not only writing the code for these machines but also developing the boundary conditions for these decisions. In essence, humans will now program & manage machines. One c...


What's on your kid's plate?

October 1, 2016

Many years ago, Marc Andressen wrote a compelling piece in the New York Times entitled ‘Software is Eating The World’. His central thesis was that technology is a large and growing piece of the global economy. Not only did Marc put pen to paper to express his views on this emerging trend, he also co-founded a venture capital firm, Andressen Horowitz, to place bets on software enabled businesses...


Moonshots: Preparing the Next Generation of Inventors & Innovators

August 5, 2016

In May 1961, President Kennedy, before a joint session of Congress, announced the goal of sending an American safely to the Moon before the end of the decade. This goal was achieved on July 20th, 1969 when Neil Armstrong, commander of Apollo 11, stepped onto the surface of the moon. While Kennedy never saw the plan he set in place accomplished, his bold vision not only achieved the goal but has...


Why Coding Is Your Child's Key to Unlocking the Future via Wall Street Journal

April 27, 2015

http://www.wsj.com/articles/why-coding-is-your-childs-key-to-unlocking-the-future-1430080118------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- About the Author: Omowale Casselle ([email protected]) is the Co-founder & CEO of Digital Adventures. Prior to Digital Adventures, Omowale led the development, launch & management of an intera...