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Equal Footing Foundation Hosts Successful Inaugural Innovation Afternoon

On May 13, more than 100 students, parents and faculty at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. participated in the Equal Footing Foundation’s inaugural Innovation Afternoon. The event, “The Power of Google Glass to Disrupt the Opportunity Divide,” allowed students to discuss the potential social and business impacts of this disruptive technology as it moves towards widespread adoption.

Panelists at Innovation Afternoon.
Panelists address students at the Equal Footing Foundation's Innovation Afternoon on May 13.

The purpose of the Innovation Afternoon events is to allow technology industry executives, entrepreneurs, developers and local politicians to engage and inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). During these events, students and parents experience business innovation first-hand through focused, in-depth interaction with industry experts. The Federal Communications Commission’s Mignon Clyburn served as the keynote speaker for the event, and local industry executives, policymakers and educators participated in the panel discussion with students.

A Google Glass demonstration.
Students were able to interact with Google Glass at the Equal Footing Foundation's Innovation Afternoon on May 13.

“Google Glass is an exciting technology that students, policymakers and technology industry executives are eager to interact with while anticipating its practical uses in today’s always-connected world,” said Patrick Gusman, executive director of the Equal Footing Foundation. “It was exciting to watch the students interact with Google Glass and listen to them not only discuss the benefits of this technology, but also the potential impacts that it could have on their world in the very near future. I am excited about the conversations these students will have in the future – with their peers, as well as others throughout the community based on this event.”

AHT Insurance, Alfred Street Baptist Church Entrepreneurship Ministry, DAI Solutions, Hogan Lovells and the Northern Virginia Urban League sponsored the inaugural Innovation Afternoon. The Equal Footing Foundation is in the planning stages for the next Innovation Afternoon and invites companies that are interested in participating or sponsoring to contact Patrick Gusman.