10 Aug 2015
Giving Kids Tech Tools to Make an ImpactTopics:
Amy Kadomatsu (MBA 1998) believes every student can be an innovator and use technology as a force for good.
As chair of the board of directors at Mouse, a youth development nonprofit that empowers students to create with technology to solve real problems, she helps to develop a new generation of digital media leaders and experts.
“It’s about inspiring youth to see themselves as makers instead of as users, and to create with technology to make a positive impact,” she says.
A serial entrepreneur who most recently founded ROKO Labs, a New York–based technology startup that empowers entrepreneurs and brands to build robust apps, Kadomatsu says Mouse programs have served more than 33,000 students nationwide.
“More than 50 percent of public school students in America are considered low-income, and I am always thinking about the things they aren’t getting at home,” she says. “When we sprinkle some of that pixie dust—kids learn about 3-D printers, sustainable technology, and robotics—amazing things can happen.”
Kadomatsu, who was cochair of the first class at HBS to organize Tech Club Treks, says early exposure to the industry is invaluable. “It’s very humbling to see their inventions,” she says. “I’m in an industry innovating all the time, and these kids are innovating as well.”
(Published August 2015)
Class of MBA 1998, Section B