The following post is from Emilio Galan, a senior at ASU and Vice Director of the Changemaker Central Student Leadership Team.
I’ve always been somewhat of an entrepreneur. When I was little, I would sell oranges and avocados outside my house in California. In middle school I started selling clothing with my brand name “Hola Paco.” Still older I sold books, developed a few sites, played around with ecommerce and the like. At ASU, this natural inclination found a melting pot of similarly minded individuals with great ideas not only looking to make a buck but working to make a difference, and I knew I was just scratching the surface. I searched incessantly in the honors college, in the computing commons and in my classes for entrepreneurially minded individuals really wanting to do something.
However, we lacked organization and community. This year working at Changemaker Central has been a game changer. ASU’s entrepreneurs now have more resources than ever before – from networking to funding. It’s been my pleasure to help forward these tools, of which 10,000 Solutions has been especially rewarding. The problem solving platform permits anyone to post a solution to categorical challenges and then invites the community to build, support, and comment on the solution driving innovation faster and easier by leveraging the power of many.
It is now my pleasure to introduce Solutions Showcase, an in-person, real-time 10,000 Solutions platform where students are invited to gather around a specific challenge, present their solutions, and collaborate to see them to fruition. The month of February’s Solution Showcase is addressing Sustainability and will be held on Wednesday, February 29 in Changemaker Central at 6:30p. Anyone with a solution they would like to share or simply looking to get involved is welcome to join us for food, presentations, and an overall good time. I hope to see you there and at our next Solutions Showcase in March.