Riley Ikni and his team “Dream’n’Touch” were 2011 Imagine Cup Global Finalists from France. They created the eBakPak, which embeds the majority of tools any student might need into his or her backpack in a single software application.
Why is education important to you?
I was lucky to have a good education; I scored a double six on the dice. As far as I can tell it should not be like that. Education should not be a matter of where you live, how smart your parents are, how big their bank account is, or where the nearest school is. Education is the key to making this world a better place for future generations. They will have to fix the problems that we are facing today, but in order to do so, they will have to be prepared. It all starts with an education.
What was the most inspiring day you’ve experienced?
It was in Brooklyn, NYC, as part of summer school 2011. I went there to present a new application we developed to help kids learn fractions in a totally different way. That was the day we put a smile on the face of a kid. Some say that a smile is worth $25,000. For me, that’s the biggest thing you can achieve: when a kid is proud because he or she learns something and likes it.
What is your proudest professional achievement?
I am working on a new set of applications for tablet design to fight illiteracy. We will deliver it to anyone who needs it – kids or adults – at no cost, no matter where on the globe they live.
If you could change one thing about today’s “system” of education, what would it be?
Don’t fear technology, embrace it. And master it so that it finally becomes your left hand.
What advice would you give a new teacher (or to anyone wanting to make a difference in education)?
Go, grab it, catch it and put that big bear in the cage. Keep going and if you’re not sure
that what you are doing is the right thing, just look for kids’ smiles.
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About Ikni Riley
Co-founder of iSikhna, French IT Student/Entrepreneur Paris, Software design, U.X/U.I Designer, Mobile and touch development, Member of Team Dream’n’touch – Imagine Cup Global Finalists
Birthplace/date: Algeria 1986
Current residence: Paris, France
Education: Master of Science 2011, computer programming
Website I check every day: http://www.TED.com
Person who inspires me most: Myamoto Musashi & my Grand fathers
Favorite childhood memory: Vacations with family in Kabylia our home land
Next travel destination (work or pleasure): India
Favorite book: The Jugurthine War by Sallust