Real Innovation from Real People… Tech4Bop from where it matters most… our future

Ladies and gentlemen. It doesn’t get any better than this. We have no future if we do not invest in our present… our present future leaders of the world. What amazing innovations from material that most of us (in the developed world) wouldn’t even twice about tossing. Yes, some of these ideas are cute. But it’s much much more. For example, in the video above, these young boys have figured out the mechanics and simple engineering to make a toy car turn using a steering wheel made out of a stick and rotating it with rope tied to tires made from old slippers. MacGyver has nothing on these kids! Can you imagine what difference in the world these children would be making if they had a chance to go to a prestigious engineering school where they could learn how to bring to life all of the wonderfully amazing ideas prancing in their minds? Check out this young man below, Richard Turere, a young cow herder who came up with an innovative way to fight off lions… with technology! Another young untapped genius… (please read his article… it’s a great article!

We all know we should recycle. How many of us have drawers full of plastic shopping bags. Would you believe me if I told you I could make a soccer ball out of those extra bags? Not only is it possible, but it’s being done by a group of children in a foster home in Limuru Kenya. Read the article below!

A toy car, a rotating night light, a soccer ball out of plastic bags… is this really Tech4BOP material? Technology, as defined by Webster is “a manner of accomplishing a task especially using technical processes, methods, or knowledge.” If the above Tech4Bop examples are not innovative tech, then I have no idea what is. These young seeds of innovation foreshadow an innovative and hopeful change for the future, a future I can’t wait to see!

Tech4BOP Question of the Blog: Think back to when you were young… what innovative tech did you create? 

Relevant Articles:

1. Alina Tugend. New York Times. “It’s  Science Fair, Not the Nobel Prize.

2. Afrigadget. Archive for the ‘Toys” Category. <— a MUST SEE!!!


About Just in Seoul

I moved to Seoul in fall of 2017 with my wife. She’s Korean and I’m Japanese American. We have an adorable family of three kittens, one from the US and two from South Korea. All of our kittens were adopted. I lived abroad in Japan for 6 months during college and thought Korea would be a cinch. I couldn’t have been any more wrong. My wife and I have gone through so much this past year that I’ve decided to begin blogging as a means of “journaling,” as well as a way to share some of learnings with others who might relate. Feel free to share your thoughts, questions, and concerns. I would love to hear from you!
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