Students throughout the tri-state area put their creativity and inventive skills to the test at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship World Series of Innovation Day at UConn Stamford Saturday.
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship World Series also known as NFTE is an international organization that has provided entrepreneurship education for students in lower income communities around the country and throughout the world for over 25 years.
"It's a great opportunity for students to work together, to explore their creativity and for them to be able to see just how their ideas can really translate into more global kinds of products and services," said NFTE Fairchester executive director Diane Rosenthal.
Innovation Day is sponsored by Microsoft and Stamford based company, Pitney Bowes. Groups had a chance compete in planing and designing inventions. Members of Pitney Bowes say it is important for students to not only come up with a good idea, but to follow through and implement it.
"You want employees who are going to be internal entrepreneurs," said Pitney Bowes Director of New Business Opportunities Brian Romansky. "When I do my work within my company, I'm looking for those internal entrepreneurs people who can not only envision a difference but can come up with good ideas, follow through and implement them."
"I can see myself as a business man, I can see myself as an entrepreneur," said Stamford High School junior Joel Pagami. "It's always interested me having my own business, being my own boss so in the future I can see myself owning my own company."
This year's challenges ranged from addressing childhood obesity to designing a mobile app that would improve the lives of others.
"It appeals to students, it's an app, you log in," said Lincoln High School senior Caitlan Lesnak. "The GPS checks where your location is, it sees the buses around you and it tells you what buses pass, what buss is coming."
"My group created and app and it's a literacy app to help kids with dyslexia," said Horace Mann School sixth grader Jayla Thomas. "It's basically going to be filled with games and little lessons so they'll have their own little teacher which can teach them when they're at home."