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Youth Urge Global Leaders in Davos to Make Pledge Towards Addressing Global Goal in 2020

Dream Tank leading through youth innovation and entrepreneurship at the 50th Anniversary of the World Economic Forum

DAVOS, SWITZERLAND January 20, 2020: Dream Tank, a premier social entrepreneurship accelerator for youth, is being invited to Davos to speak at a series of panels and roundtables during 50th Anniversary of the World Economic Forum. The inaugural event, the Digital Economist Night, co-produced by Dream Tank, launch a series of global convenings in 2020 to secure commitments to moonshot collaborative efforts and set us on a path to achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. This partnership will provide a hub during the World Economic Forum for global leaders to convene around how to build a human-centered approach to technology.

The leaders in the room are made up of The Digital Economist partner organizations coming together to produce the kickoff of 2020 include academic partners like MIT Connection Science and UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies; industry partners including Dream Tank, Snap IT, Global Citizen Forum, Global Digital Finance, Blackfox Philanthropy, Alliance 4 Impact, Pink Lion AI and Astra Group; media partners including Transcendent Media Capital, Molinari Media and Blocks99; experience partners, Flow VR and venue partners, Caspian Week.

Dream Tank is bringing to the roundtable a voice that is not typically seen at these types of global meetings — the voice of youth. Dream Tank has given rise to a movement of young entrepreneurs who are making tangible impact in their community. Now, they are urging global leaders to make a commitment of not only reaching the goals in 2030 – but this year.

Dream Tank is set to recruit 17 companies or individuals to work with youth entrepreneurs who are each solving a different global goal, from climate change to health and wellbeing.

One company, Ascension VR, founded by Debi Stack, has already made the pledge. In response, youth hosted a hackathon for the organization to come up with new ways to help veterans with PTSD through the use of gaming. This unlikely partnership, is setting a precedent for how companies develop technologies in 2020 and beyond.

With Greta Thunburg as one of the keynote speakers this year at the World Economic Forum, it gives great hope that future generations are part of this global conversation and will continue to ignite more young leaders around the world. Not only is this a matter of equal representation, as Dream Tank states, “Youth are actually a critical part in global innovation and making steps towards building new solutions — because kids have the creative power to think outside what’s been done before.”

The Digital Economist VP and co-producer and Dream Tank founder Heidi Cuppari further elaborates, “Technological convergence, combined with radical collaboration and youth innovation, are the key to turning the tide for humanity and the planet.”

To watch the interviews and live stream from Davos, follow Dream Tank on Facebook, Instagram, and Linkedin. To learn more about how to pledge for a global goal: www.dreamtank.co/davos

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“Have you ever wondered what would happen if all the geniuses, the artists, the scientists, the smartest, most creative people in the world decided to actually change it? Where, where could they even do such a thing? They’d need a place free from politics and bureaucracy, distractions, greed – a place where they could build whatever they were crazy enough to imagine …” – Hugo, from Tomorrowland

Download Press Release and Learn More at www.dreamtank.co/davos

Techstars Directors Support Dream Tank

From Left: New Dream Tank project manager Philippe Boury, Executive Director Heidi Cuppari, Dream Maker Amalia Rose Battle, and Techstars Co-Founder David Cohen

On Friday December 13, David Cohen hosted a breakfast for friends of his to hear our pitch. We were joined by Philippe Boury, a social entrepreneur and self proclaimed “Earthling” who just joined the Dream Tank team from Chicago. One of our Dream Makers, Amalia, volunteered to help write the pitch and meet David.  She applied all of her Dream Tank skills after going to 4 Dream Tank programs over the past couple years, and knocked it out of the park!  He and his colleagues made donations and have pledged a match to help Dream Tank raise funds and create a sustainable revenue model, offer scholarships, and more.

They all suggested we share this with our community to help with this goal:

Techstars co-founders David Cohen and David Brown, and Techstars co-founder and Foundry Group partner Brad Feld and his wife Amy Bachelor’s Anchor Point Foundation as well as Krista Marks and Brent Milne of Woot Math have committed to matching your Dream Tank donations up to $40,000 when pledged before year end.  They see how kids’ creativity, combined with entrepreneurship and design thinking, can change the world!

  • Watch this video of Amalia, a 10 year old Dream Maker. After seeing Amalia’s pitch in person, Dream Tank got some the above commitments. In addition to the matches we will be on their #GiveFirst podcast early next year, they will help us create a sustainable revenue model, and Techstars staffers are volunteering to help us set up our operations for scale.

NOW is the time for youth ideas to be heard to create a better future!

Please schedule a 1:1 meeting with our Executive Director and Amalia to hear our pitch, or give online through the button below!

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Youth tackle challenge to help veterans through technology

Dream Tank Dream Makers, despite the snow, power through one big design challenge: innovate a b corporation to help Veterans!  “Hacking for Heroes” was scheduled for two days, but because of the pending snow storm, when realizing they wouldn’t be able to come back the next day, the Dream Makers voted to stay until 8pm to finish their initial prototypes and designs. They pitched their ideas “Dream Tank Show” style. We will be publishing more videos, stay tuned!

Read more in the Daily Camera Article here

Great quotes from the article:

“It’s kind of a choose-your-own-adventure entrepreneurship challenge,” said program coordinator Melissa Ivey.

“We invited students to take their love of technology and align it with something purposeful,” said Heidi Cuppari, the chief of Dream Tank.

“The kids are going to be my focus group and my designers,” Debi Stack said. “The kids get to be advisers and they get to be a part of my company.”

Amalia Rose Battle Cordova, a 10-year-old from Boulder, said she liked the experiential format of the session and the opportunity for “kids to use their own ideas to help adults.”

Dream Tank is registered as a non-profit in Colorado and is in process of receiving 501c3 status.  Contributions to DreamTank ™ are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.