“My main motivation for being involved in the field of education is that I wholeheartedly believe that education is a gift that should be given to everybody. And I try my best to make that happen.” – Emilio Homedes, Spain

This week on Daily Edventures is going to be a bit different than others. Why? Because it’s the biggest week of the year, at least as far as we’re concerned! Tomorrow, the Microsoft in Education Global Forum will begin in Barcelona, with more than 1,100 top education leaders, school leaders, educators, press, government officials, partners, students and sponsors from 97 countries. The Global Forum is an incredible opportunity to connect, learn, and collaborate with some of the most innovative educators in the world.

If you won’t be joining us in Barcelona, don’t worry. Not only will we be sharing stories, videos and all the inside scoop right here all week; you can also keep up with the Global Forum through our new Facebook app, on our Twitter feed (#MicrosoftGF and #MSExpertEducator), or on our YouTube channel.

One aspect of the Global Forum that is always energizing is meeting students who are truly making a difference in the world of education. This week you’ll meet a few of those students as they video blog from Barcelona. Today, I’m thrilled to share our Daily Edventure with one such student, Emilio Homedes. An MBA student at ESADE in Barcelona, Homedes and three of his MBA classmates recently won the Nebrija Universidad National Entrepreneurship Contest of 2013. He is also a member of the E3 Entrepreneurship Association at ESADE, which organizes seminars, conferences and guest speaker events as well as competitions to encourage start-up and enterprise creation among ESADE students.

As with so many of the students we interview, Homedes is full of energy, ideas and a passion for changing education for the better. Enjoy! 

What drew you to the field of education? Why is it important to you?

My main motivation for being involved in the field of education is that I wholeheartedly believe that education is a gift that should be given to everybody. And I try my best to make that happen.

Can you tell us about a favorite teacher, or someone who made a difference in your education?

My favorite teacher is named Ibán, I had him for the last two school years in my hometown school. He was the one who motivated me and another three of my colleagues to present our start-up idea to a national contest, which we finally won. He also taught me economics and entrepreneurship.

Please describe how your professional achievements have advanced innovation in education.  What has changed as a result of your work?

I am beginning to work in this field, so I haven’t had time to do anything very relevant.

How have you applied technology in innovative ways to support your work?

I have used tools like the software that lets you keep info in the cloud, tablets, apps… All of them have made my work much easier and more effective.

In your opinion, how has the use of apps, cellphones, and mobile devices changed education? And your work?

It has changed A LOT. And I believe that in the future, everything will be related to them. In my own work, they have helped me to achieve a higher level of professional standards.

In your view, what is the most exciting innovation happening in education today?

From my point of view, it is the development of new educational apps, because the devices (tablets, cellphones, laptops) have been already developed.

Is there a 21st century skill (critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, or creativity and innovation) that you are most passionate about? Why?

The skill that I am most passionate about is meeting new people and being able to adapt to them, taking into account that maybe they come from another very different part of the world.

If you could give one educational tool to every child in the world, what would it be? Why?

I would give them a tablet with a camera because that tool can easily be used everywhere and it will enable the connection of the individual to the world.

What is your country doing well currently to support education?
Not much due to the economic crisis. Now there is a new education law but there are many complaints about it.

How must education change in your country to ensure that students are equipped to thrive in the 21st century?

Mainly changing the mentality and cultural aspects from the children.

About Emilio Homedes
Student and E3 member
Barcelona, Spain

  • Birthplace: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
  • Current residence: Barcelona
  • Education: Teresianas School, Canary Islands, Spain
  • Alexander International School, England
  • Humboldt Institut, Germany
  • Currently – ESADE Ramon Llull University, Barcelona  Bachelor in Business and Administration (BBA)
  • Website I check every day: elmundo.es , Motorpasión , mejorando.la , Facebook, esade.es , youtube.es …
  • Person who inspires me most: Richard Winters
  • Favorite childhood memory: my first time in a summer camp in the Pyrenees.
  • Next travel destination (work or pleasure): Gran Canaria
  • When was the last time you laughed? Why? Yesterday night, I went out to have dinner with some of my colleagues and we told some funny anecdotes about Carnival
  • Favorite book:Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith
  • Favorite music: It depends on the moment.
  • What is the best advice you have ever received? Do what you have to do, because nobody is going to do your duty for you. And, nothing is free.
  • Your favorite quote or motto: Semper fidelis.

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