Empowering innovation through education, one idea at a time.

It’s taken a few months, but we’ve finally figured it out — we think.

When looking back on the 50+ events we’ve put on around the world, the one thing that keeps us motivated to continue the work we do is this palpable excitement and energy that exists at every one of our innovation challenges.

Amid the experience as a participant, this often feels a lot more like stress and chaos— a sentiment I can personally attest to having experienced ProtoHack for the first time as an attendee in Seattle almost three years ago! However, the results warrant this momentary angst, I promise.

Whether the event is in Sao Paolo or San Francisco, with high school students or C-level executives, the magical ‘aha moment’ unique to ProtoHack, is always present.

Personally, I live for that moment.

When people ask me about what it is that gets me out of bed each morning, it’s exactly that: witnessing someone realize that they’ve just accomplished something extraordinary; that they’ve just been a part of innovation.

For a minute, imagine what the world would look like if we all had an innovator’s mindset, stopped limiting possible, and thoroughly believed in ourselves — we’d be lightyears ahead of where we are, I think.

Time and again, the feedback we received would generally align with: “This is what the first day of my MBA should’ve been like” or “I wish I had learned this in high school!” Connecting the dots then became quite simple.

If we’re in the business of empowering innovation, this all beings with education.

So the work that we do hasn’t really changed, but how we communicate it and where we identify ourselves has shifted. Our goal isn’t to produce more entrepreneurs (even though that’d make for a great outcome), it’s to instil an innovator’s mindset — one that’s built on creative thinking and problem solving.

My personal mandate: to have every student in the world experience a profound moment of empowerment through innovation.

Through the ProtoHack experience, we’re going to do just that — one student, one event, and one idea at a time.

With that, I’d like to call on anyone who’s ever felt as if their education didn’t serve them (or their students) in this environment of innovation. Whether you’re an educator or student, past or present, I want to hear from you.

How do you think the education system could’ve better prepared you for the real world?

If you feel any type of way about your learning experience in school, I’m advocating for you through ProtoHack.

annee@protohack.com