The final Youth Cafe of the semester was also one of the best we have had. Jad connected with the students wonderfully and regaled us all with funny anecdotes from his very non-traditional career. Jad is currently the SVP at 24/7 media where he works on creating data that makes content management more efficient.
But Jad’s beginnings were in a totally different field and place. Jad got his first job with Alcatel in Indonesia ! Very little work coupled with a beach lifestyle made this time of his life look right out of a movie. But eventual unrest because of not being able to do what her really wanted, a tech based job, made him leave this job. He started his own company, making CD roms. Apart from the rigors of running a start up, it was a pleasant experience for Jad, he had his name on a product which was reason to rejoice ! This was his 2nd first job as he likes to call it His 3rd first job led him to USA, where he wanted to work. He spent 3 months in the summer here, just networking, went back to France, did odd jobs on movie sets until his summer networking paid off and he got a call from Sony. This bit of his life has a lot of lessons for students. The power of personal networking is much stronger than impersonal web-based networking. It has tangible and reliable effects. Also doing something is always better than doing nothing. Jad says he is still in touch with the film crew he worked in and theres always something people can help each other out with.
Jad then spoke a bit about hiring practices. Jad says he looks for people who know about the company, are smart, their level of curiosity and also their background interests. According to Jad, school teaches you only enough to not be useless, but the real world is totally different. You tend to learn on the job at most jobs and hence the importance of being smart. Jad has a very simple philosophy about business, its all about creating products at a lower cost than the next guy, not about re-inventing the wheel.
- asserting what you want. know the company, offer them insight, lets them know you know what you’re doing.
- networking is important, works when its real and personal.
- 1st job doesn’t matter much. doing something thats completely different from what you think you want. tells you what you don’t wanna do.think of where you are and figure out how you can make it better. get a job, thats more important than not having one. make a list of what you want.
- you can pick up skills all around
We would like to thank Jad for making our Friday evenings much more pleasant than usual and for a very fun and informative talk. We look forward to seeing you around the Greenhouse because we love to have tinkerers and curious people to hang out. Also Tanuki thrives on it too !
This student prize competition is open to teams of inventive undergraduates and individual graduate students. Apply by Dec. 31!
The Lemelson-MIT National Collegiate Student Prize Competition is open to teams of inventive undergraduates and individual graduate students. Applicants submit their inventions in categories that represent significant sectors of the economy, which could be reimagined and improved through invention. Inventions can address opportunities in both developed and developing economies.
The “Cure it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize
“Cure it!” will reward students working on technology-based inventions that can improve healthcare.
The “Use it!” Lemelson-MIT Student Prize
“Use it!” will reward students working on technology-based inventions that can improve consumer devices and tools.
- $15,000 to the winning graduate student in each of the two prize categories
- $10,000 to the winning undergraduate team in each of the two prize categories
- A national media campaign and exposure to investment and business communities
- A trip to MIT for an award celebration in June 2014
The deadline to apply for the National Collegiate Student Prize Competition is Tuesday, December 31, 2013.
Learn more and apply at mit.edu/invent/studentprize
if you’ve followed us for a few days on the blog and on Twitter, you know that we’ve been looking for a little guy with a purple pointy hat with a green leaf. We eventually found him. His name is Tanuki. He looks like a garden gnome, but he is a Tanuki, a spirit, who’s been stuck in the Poly’s basement for years and found his way out to the Greenhouse. He happens to love company, ideas and collaboration so we invited to stay and he accepted. We’re all very excited. So come say hello to the handsome little fella !
So who is Tanuki? Where did he come from? To know more check the Meet Tanuki page of our blog !
You can also follow Tanuki on Twitter: @TanukiNyu
You’re all invited to come and flex your creative muscles while engaging with the projects put together by the students from the Design Thinking course this Fall as they worked on the creative confidence challenge on openIDEO.
Stop by between 5:30 and 7:30 PM on December 10.
We wanted to get you all together on the 7th of December: To Work, To Learn, and To Party! This will be a full day event where participants will be able to pitch a brief in the morning to gather a team around, or rally around one of our non-proft challenge partners. By the end of the day, we’ll all be ready to start our next dream project.
RSVP HERE: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/launch-collaborative-design-day-tickets-8822056007
Use the Promo Code NYUTinker to get an NYU exclusive discount!
- A great chance to put your design thinking skills to the test
-Real world projects
- Great food (as always)
- It’ll be fun…duh
HOW THE DAY WILL WORK
9:30 AM will kick off with coffee-fuel and breakfast
10:00AM we will pitch ideas, concepts and challenges
10:30AM Get to work! Teams will form, ideas will flow.
12:30PM there will be lunch and suprise guests and mentors
4:00PM we will share our progress and talk about next steps
5:00PM we should probably go to a bar somewhere and keep the party going.
At The Design Gym, we are passionate about bringing diverse communities together to solve real problems, with real companies, in real time. The last year has offered our community (you!) the opportunity to work alongside amazing companies like Etsy, Mozilla, Shapeways, Acumen and more. Stay tuned for more amazing things in the new year!
The Regna Lounge in Roger’s Hall
Our first wave of application
reviews and decisions for HackNY 2014 are just around the corner. If you, or someone you
know, is looking to apply to be a member of the class of 2014 hackNY
Fellows this summer and would like to hear back as soon as possible, they
should apply within the next week! hackNY reviews applications on a rolling
basis and expects to be in communication with applicants by the following
Apply by December 1st, hear from us around January 15th
Apply by January 15th, hear from us around March 1st
Apply by March 1st, hear from us around May 1st
For more information and FAQs about the hackNY Fellows program, please do
To apply to be a member of the class of 2014 hackNY Fellows, please do
We look forward to hearing from you! Should you have any questions,
please feel free to contact us at info@hackNY.org.