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Imagine at the end of your life, you had to relive each of these individual moments as a single moment — grouped by common qualities.

Imagine at the end of your life, you had to relive each of these individual moments as a single moment — grouped by common qualities.

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Joshua commented on ABSeed Combinator

Thanks for your feedback and for facilitating the meetup last week, Philip!

I agree with you on the regional perspective. This was a point we discussed and have seen implemented very well at the Technovation Competition -- girls from around the world were asked to solve a local issue through coding an application. Focusing on a local perspective definitely allows for a deeper connection to the issues, as they are tangible for those living through them everyday.

Using this local perspective to build the connections you mention makes a lot of sense. Having empathy and experience built into the issues the students are solving makes it a bit easier to get excited and let the creative juices flow! This would presumably work well for the initial pilot phases.

Long term we were hoping to have a large network of these incubators, enabling students to transfer between cultures and teams, giving them an additional global perspective that can't be learned through textbooks or lessons alone.

Thanks again for the thoughtful feedback!

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Joshua commented on ABSeed Combinator

Thanks Tatiana -- I'm sure it's inspiring to work with aspiring entrepreneurs in NY!

You raise an interesting point about how much groups are willing to commit to sponsoring students. Coming from a corporate background, I see ROI (return on investment) being a concern for some contributors. While the financial return of sponsoring a student in the program is difficult to quantify, there are a number of qualitative returns that sponsors could expect -- educating a group to tackle the world's most difficult problems, building a talent pool for future employment, and being the first to nurture this type of alternative education approach.

I imagine the program would have to accommodate a variety of contribution levels. For example, a lower tier could include housing sponsorship (Airbnb) and food for the student (Spring, Munchery) while higher tiers sponsor the actual project based lessons (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to sponsor sanitation/toilet project, Google to sponsor global internet access project, etc.).

I would love to hear your thoughts on sponsorship!

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Joshua commented on ABSeed Combinator

Thanks Qiqi -- if you have any suggestions for refining in the ideas phase, let's chat!