The BBC invited Charles, a pupil at the Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton, to participate in the recording of his Richard Dimbleby lecture: The World Wide Web–A Mid-Course Correction, which will be shown on BBC One on Sunday (17 November) at 10:30 p.m.
In it, Sir Tim addresses his hopes for the world wide web’s future, now 30 years old.
He claims that with the internet of things, artificial intelligence and virtual reality soon to be commonplace, the fourth industrial revolution is well underway.
“But,” he says, “there are fewer women online than men, more than half of the world remains offline, and creative prospects are lacking in developing countries.”
A question-and-answer session follows the lecture for the first time, offering more insight into the value of accessing the internet and how it can evolve to tackle challenges such as fake news, corruption and crime and appreciate its full potential.
One of the members was Charles Clayton.
He and his fellow students founded their own tech company, The AlphaApps, which attracted the attention of Disney and Microsoft CEO’s top managers.
Charles and Tim had a conversation in which Tim had the opportunity and was very impressed to hear about what Charles was doing.
The objective of AlphaApps is to explore new ways of expressing technology through mobile apps and started as a school project when form tutor Sumair Mohammad invited Charles, Bruno Silva and Leynner Caicedo to participate in the TeenTech Awards contest.
Their idea caught the attention of Nick Cannon, Disney Animations ‘ chief technology officer, who agreed to mentor them and aided them in creating the Alpha Apps.
The boys decided to turn their school project into a real business after winning the Future of Music, Media and Entertainment Award at the 2018 TeenTech Awards as well as receiving praise from Vodafone and Microsoft UK CEOs.
At two innovation conferences, CompTIA and the Global Innovation Forum, it was ranked “best business speech.”
Prince Andrew also welcomed the boys this year to be praised for their service at Buckingham Palace.
We aim to encourage many younger people to engage in technology because they feel this is an opportunity that is truly open to everyone.