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Times of Crisis Spur Innovation

by | Sep 12, 2020 | Articles

April is usually the time to recognize the tulips and feel happy when you see the budding trees. COVID-19 has brought a dark cloud and heavy hearts.

Audrey Hepburn said it best, ‘To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.’  Now more than ever, we need to see the beauty in the May flowers.

So let us take time to hear the amazing stories that are popping up.

Start with ‘What If?’

Sometimes it starts with a ‘what if’ conversation.  Take, for example, the story of the couple ideating the problem with the N95 mask shortage.  She is a doctor and he is an engineer.  Together, they discussed the problem over dinner, pooled their collective experience, and figured out how to make a system that decontaminates N95 respirators so they can be used 20 times.

Then there is the Chicago teenager from Walter Peyton High School that founded Connect Chicago days after the Chicago Public School closure.  He connects students to seniors through a phone conversation to help combat loneliness. Koval Distillary saw the demand for hand sanitizer and within one week delivered 100 gallons of free hand sanitizer to Chicago Police and O’Hare air traffic controllers.

Chicago is a town with big ideas and an incredible innovative ecosystem.  Luke Tanen,  Executive Director, Chicago Innovation, believes that ”In times of crisis, there is usually mass amounts of innovation.”  Tom Kuczmarski, co-founder of Chicago Innovation states in a Chicago Tribune article that the key to beating the coronavirus is innovation.

Ideas Turn Into Innovation

It all starts with an idea. Will you be on the frontlines making it happen or reading the headlines after it has occurred?

Join us at Teen Innovators as we inspire young minds to pitch big ideas.