Nothing is ever still. Our needs, our desires, our environment – are always evolving. Therefore, there will always be a need for innovative ideas and entrepreneurs to bring these ideas to life. Without innovation, we wouldn’t have – anything, really. Everything we experience on a daily basis was once upon a time a new creation led by an entrepreneur.
“How to Innovate” is not something most of are taught in a traditional school setting. It requires one to be imaginative, curious, to take initiative and be hopeful, to have a willingness to learn and to take risks.
Creation tools – including those you will learn about this month – are also always evolving. Learning how to use them can strengthen our cognitive abilities and expand our knowledge and application skills. It can also broaden our perspectives and attitudes on the role technology plays in driving innovation and enabling entrepreneurs to create, communicate and collaborate on projects.
This month, we’d like to challenge you to pause, reflect and learn about some of your favourite innovative ideas – to inspire your own. Let’s think about the problems you’d like to solve, the things you’d like to make easier to use and the experiences you’d like to make better.
As you learn about and develop a fluency with digital tools and programming languages, we would like for you to explore the topic of innovation and entrepreneurship.
For those taking part in National Girls Learning Code Day on May 11th, we’ve got a special web-making and entrepreneurship workshop for you!
We’ll leave what you want to focus up to you – but thinking about problems that exist and gaps in existing things we want to tackle – might be a great starting point!
We like using “How might we….?” statements – to help encourage the creative problem solving process.
For example, how might we….
Your digital project can either solve the problem itself – or be used to share your ideas. We welcome you to be as imaginative as you like – but here are some example project ideas:
Learn about how two entrepreneurs are addressing sustainable water security in Ghana, Africa with Synergy Water.
The Young Hunters Program in Arviat, Nunavut is a community-run initiative that teaches youth about different Inuit values and beliefs, such as environmental stewardship, being respectful of all living things, working together, teamwork, cooperation, strength and unity. Learn more here.
Listen to 3 inspiring stories of people who are saving their own communities through innovative eco-innovations.
Listen to Shopify’s Podcast series for aspiring entrepreneurs
Join Kid President on his adventure to learn about how to be an Inventor