This year's Innovation Week was a huge success thanks to the hard work, preparation and planning from Latin senior David M.! The goal of Innovation Week is to help students develop the tools they need to create something new. Innovation Week is designed to draw connections between different subject fields through unique ways of thinking. Read more about the exciting speakers who visited Latin for this event.
Innovation Week began on Monday, February 26, with a talk from Stuart Frankel (a current Latin Parent). He ran two workshops: one of which was an intimate conversation with students and one was a presentation. Both talks from Stuart discussed the current uses for artificial intelligence, the future of the industry, and how his company (Narrative Science) which uses Quil to take interesting and important data to generate a communication of sorts — such as a short summary of an investment portfolio or a communication that drives a voice-enabled conversation.
During the second day of Innovation Week, we were honored to have Jai Shekhawat (the founder and former CEO of Fieldglass) as our keynote speaker who spoke to the upper school during assembly. This talk consisted of Jai's four insights/lessons from his incredibly unique journey to reach where he is today by using innovation. These lessons ranged from "the need to trust your gut" to the need to "be resilient when things get tough" to the idea that innovation occurs at the cross-section between disciplines. During lunch, Luke Saunders — the founder of Farmer's Fridge (a company for salad vending machines) — led a workshop discussing his experience creating something that no one else is currently doing. Luke spoke about how he is essentially competing with companies such as Subway and McDonalds.
Check out our Innovation Week photo gallery!