Ian Michael Brock is a 13 year old Chicago native. Recently invited to participate as a panelist at Google (California), Ian’s current mission is to inspire kids to change their existing mindset through strategies that will help them develop a strong belief in themselves and their ability to learn Computer Science/Coding. Ian is currently in 8th grade. He's been an active member of his school's State Qualifying Lego Robotics Team (Co-Captain), starting point guard position for Skinner North’s 2017 Division Champs basketball team, and during his free time he’s teaching himself to Code (with the help of online CS and Coding programs).
Ian has been working closely with his family to level the playing field for kids who are underrepresented in the tech industry. He and his family’s non profit target economically challenged communities where computer science and coding education are not readily accessible. His initial test market research (in the volatile, high volume world of lunchroom cookie trading) helped launch the idea and the formation of their social impact cookie company, Beyond The Cookie. Beyond The Cookie monies generated through cookie sales to sponsor computer science initiatives. Ian is currently Co-Founder, Natl. Spokesperson, product tester (his favorite role), and part-time cookie packager at Beyond The Cookie.
Rooted in a personal development regiment since 4 years old and based on Napolean Hill’s Think And Grow Rich book model, Ian is currently conducting interviews with highly successful people from various industries to be included in his upcoming book on success for kids (written by a kid) entitled, Dream Hustle Code. The idea for this book was formed through Ian’s interaction with kids who’ve participated in computer science/coding initiatives produced by he and his parents. Ian discovered that, in addition to having access to computer science education, the kids that they served needed to develop confidence and a strong belief in themselves. He strongly felt that a book on success, written in the words of a kid, might just resonate on a deeper level.
Spotlighted in a recent Forbes article entitled “The 12-Year-Old Entrepreneur That Will Take Global Tech & The World By Storm,” he hopes to create his own thriving global tech company, attend Harvard University, and play in the NBA (a kid’s gotta have a dream). In his spare time, he loves to play video games, watch YouTube, and most importantly enjoys giving back to his community.
Ian has recently launched a campaign to sell enough cookies to take 100 kids from Chicago's under-represented and economically challenged communities to Silicon Valley in the Spring (2018) to visit Google, YouTube, Facebook. He feels that if kids can get a vision of what's possible for their lives then their minds will be stretched with new possibility. With this new of vision of themselves and what's possible for their lives, Ian feels that kids will begin to do the work necessary to move toward these new possibilities.
"A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions." -Oliver Wedell Holmes, Jr.
"Global 1000" Chicago Edition featuring Ray Lewis & Ian Brockhttps://youtu.be/Z8pthuftFZsm
Changing The Equation – Google Talks Diversity in Computer Science [Los Angeles Sentinel] https://lasentinel.net/google-talks-diversity-in-computer-science.html
The 12-Year-Old Entrepreneur That Will Take Global Tech & The World By Storm [Forbes] https://www.forbes.com/sites/moiravetter/2017/01/16/the-12-year-old-entrepreneur-that-will-take-global-tech-the-world-by-storm/3/#26178f2a6823
Black Enterprise Article Mention: "Ray Lewis Presents Chicago 1000 to Help Bring Jobs to the Windy City"http://www.blackenterprise.com/event/ray-lewis-chicago-1000-jobs-windy-city/
Business Rockstars [Venture News] http://www.businessrockstars.com/2017/01/20/facebook-incubator-blood-sucking-12-year-old-entrepreneur-venturer-news
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