Right now there are 25 millennial thought leaders traveling across the country together on one train, all on different missions to come up with innovative ideas to change the world. We have a reporter on that train who is going to be filling us in on all of the best and most exciting things that happen along the way.
So far, we’ve gathered that there are a lot of great innovation brewing on the Millennial Trains Project. Here are five innovators to look out for:
Kalimah Priforce – Oakland, CA
Headmaster CEO of Qeyno Labs, Kalimah is a leader in harnessing the STEM interests of high potential youth from low-opportunity settings through their “Hackathon Academy.”
Kalimah’s Innovative Idea: Building schools of entrepreneurship, rapid prototype development, and design thinking that culminate as web or mobile apps built by youth and their mentors—aka the “Hackathon Academy.” Kalimah is looking to launch two new ones.
Where to follow: @priforce
Matthew Verlinich – Pittsburgh, PA
As General Manager of TechShop Pittsburgh, Matthew is responsible for the operational and financial management of the vibrant TechShop maker space.
Matthew’s Innovative Idea: Use the Millennial Trains Project as a platform for gaining trans-regional perspectives on the Maker Movement.
Where to follow: @MattVerlinich
— Millennial Trains (@MillennialTrain) May 11, 2015
Katlyn Grasso – Hamburg, NY
Katlyn is a senior at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania and the founder and CEO of GenHERation.
Katlyn’s Innovative Idea: Build a female empowerment network for high school girls.
Where to follow: @KatlynGrasso
— Katlyn Grasso (@KatlynGrasso) May 27, 2015
Pichleap Sok – Cambodia
Pichleap is a U.S. Department of State Fulbright Foreign Student from Cambodia currently completing a Master’s in Software Engineering at Loyola University Chicago.
Pichleap’s Innovative Idea: Spotlight as many women in the tech industry as possible to help inspire more to enter the field.
Where to follow: @pichleap
— Pichleap Sok (@Pichleap) May 27, 2015
Jose Rodrigo Moran Gamez – El Salvador
Jose is a U.S. Department of State Fulbright Foreign Student from El Salvador currently completing a Master’s in International Sustainable Development at Brandeis University.
Jose’s Innovative Idea: Focus on storytelling as a qualitative monitoring and evaluation method for youth development projects.
Where to follow: Fulbright-Millennial Trains Project blog
— Fulbright Programs (@FulbrightPrgrm) May 27, 2015
Stay tuned—there will be lots more to come!