A lot of digital ink has been spilled about how millennials are changing the notion of work – where it’s done, how it’s done and the ways it blends with the rest of their uber-connected lives.
But not enough has been said about the ways in which their work will change the world.
That’s exactly why HP is proud to announce its sponsorship of Forbes fifth annual Under 30 Summit, an event that lauds millennial innovation by shining a spotlight on young entrepreneurs who are disrupting industries and making an impact with game-changing businesses.
HP announced the sponsorship today at HP Labs’ 50th Anniversary celebration, where HP Chief Technology Officer and Global Head of HP Labs Shane Wall and a team of experts took the stage to talk about the ways that rapid urbanization is changing our relationship with the world around us.
As the population continues to grow and more people move to cities, our cities will get larger, and we’ll have more of them, according to Wall.
By 2030, we will have 41 “megacities” with populations of more than 10 million people each. This rapid urbanization is among the biggest trends pinpointed by HP that will have a significant impact on our cities, infrastructure, services and environment.
Honorees from this year’s Forbes’ Under 30 “class of 2016” list are looking to take on problems such as these, plus a host of others that we haven’t yet thought of.
The challenges raised by rapid urbanization will come into play in Boston, set to host the Forbes Under 30 Summit October 16 – 19. There, Wall will lead a discussion at Emerson College on how HP sees its technology as a key player in “Reinventing the City.” He’ll be joined on stage by Ian Cinnamon, a 2015 Under 30 honoree, entrepreneur and the director of strategy at Y Combinator’s Immunity Project, will addresses the importance of mentorship and the disruptive change that drones will bring to urban areas, commerce and infrastructure.
HP will be bringing its technology to the forefront, with stations set up at four sites around the city that welcome interactive crowdsourcing to answer some of the biggest problems faced by the city of Boston—issues spanning public transportation, education, snow removal and public safety.
The best ideas will be put into action at the Hack-A-Thon for Good, hosted by Jon Gottfried, co-founder of MLH, and HP, on October 19, the final day of the Forbes Under 30 Summit.
“As the worlds of entrepreneurship and innovation, collide, HP is excited to work with Forbes and this group of future world leaders,” HP’s Wall said.
“We’re taking our Under 30 Summit, turning into action and inspiring the young super stars we bring together to leave Boston better than we found it,” said Randall Lane, Editor of Forbes magazine.
Follow the Summit activities on Twitter at @ForbesUnder30 and use the hashtag #under30summit.