World's first Flying Classroom announced at TEDx JamaicaTuesday, October 04, 2011
THE latest in the acclaimed series of TEDx talks took place last Saturday at the Courtleigh Auditorium, providing both revelations about impending new technology and reinforcements of the critical role of traditional values such as passion, resilience and vulnerability in entrepreneurial success.
It provided, too, the perfect platform for highlight speaker and Guinness Book-confirmed youngest global solo flyer Barrington Irving to announce, for the first time, a global initiative with Brazilian aeronautics manufacturer Embraer to create the world's first Flying Classroom at 40,000 feet in the air.
Available to students worldwide via satellite connection, the Flying Classroom will be an exploration vehicle for learning featuring live student/pilot interaction and special game-oriented simulation/training packages providing young people with a virtual world to explore and develop interest and skills in math, science and aviation.
Other speakers included information technology guru (and self-proclaimed style maven) Andrew Simpson of CASEWare; former Apprentice winner and head of his own multimillion-dollar company, Randall Pinkett; artist Simon Benjamin, whose portfolio includes television commercials, music videos and branding for major entities; JJ Geewax, who helped establish the real-time, online advertisement exchange company, Invite Media, as a market leader before its acquisition by Google; and Harvard alum Divya Narendra of ConnectU, the campus-based social-networking platform, the central ideas of which would morph (albeit with bitter litigation) into the behemoth known as Facebook. His latest venture is the investor and analyst networking platform Sum Zero.