KSU SIFE student wins Google competition

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Travis Allen recognized for his efforts to revolutionize education KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 19, 2011)…

Georgia (Oct 19, 2011)

Travis Allen recognized for his efforts to revolutionize education

KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct. 19, 2011) — Kennesaw State University junior Travis Allen was selected by Google as one of 10 young people who are making a positive difference in the world.

Allen, a management major at Kennesaw State’s Coles College of Business, was a winner of Young Minds, a competition sponsored by Google for 18- to 24-year-olds who are doing amazing things to make the world a better place. Winners were selected from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. Allen was recognized for his efforts to revolutionize education in America through mobile learning.

The 10 winners attended Zeitgeist Americas 2011, an annual Google conference that featured more than 400 political figures and business leaders from around the world. Guest speakers included former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich; Arianna Huffington, president of the AOL Huffington Post Media Group; former ABC News anchor Ted Koppel; business magnate Sir Richard Branson; Mark Cuban, owner of the NBA Dallas Mavericks; and author Deepak Chopra.

A member of Kennesaw State’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), Allen formed a student-led nonprofit dedicated to revolutionizing our education system through innovative technology. Its mission is to inspire students to become lifelong digital learners in the information age by raising awareness of technology needs in the classroom and providing research on the use of this technology in the classroom.

“Imagine a school with no books, no paper, no copy machines,” Allen said. “Imagine being able to use tablets to store and track assignments, tests and grades, and to offer interactive school agendas that ensure complete teacher and student accountability. This technology has the potential to transform the current educational system by using a variety of “apps” — computer software applications designed to perform a specific task to enhance the device’s overall capabilities. That’s the future of American education.”

Coles College of Business Professor Gary Roberts, who advises the Kennesaw State SIFE team, said Allen’s efforts are going to positively change our education system and revitalize how business is done. “We are extremely proud of Allen’s selection as one of 10 students out of thousands of applicants,” Roberts said. “He represents a new breed of business major that has taken to the digital revolution with real passion.”

Allen described Zeitgeist Americas 2011, which was held in Paradise Valley, Ariz., in late September, as a life-changing experience.

“I had the privilege of networking with executives from Comcast, Sears, Salesforce.com and Motorola,” he said, “and that was just at breakfast. Later we met the speakers and other business leaders like skateboard guru Tony Hawk and Peter Vesterbacka, creator of the popular video game Angry Birds.”

Allen said he left the conference reassured that his idea is on the cutting edge of what tomorrow’s world will look like.

“My goal is to continue moving forward in ways that will dramatically solve real-world problems as my fellow attendees have done,” he said. “Hopefully I will be back next year as a presenter at Google Zeitgeist 12.”

For more information on Young Minds, please visit http://www.youtube.com/zeitgeistyoungminds/


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu