Watch: Videogame Innovator Discusses Path to Entrepreneurship, Creating Impact with STEM

Not that I'm underestimating them, but I have some students who have a provisional patent filed. They're middle school kids.

— Vicky Wu-Davis



key takeaways

What You'll Learn:

  • Explore the connections between STEM, entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Learn the simple experiences that led to key 'ah-ha' moments on a STEM entrepreneur's path to innovation
  • Discover how K-12 educators can further empower girls and youth through STEM education and critical thinking skills

About The Speaker


Vicky Wu-Davis

Founder and Executive Director YouthCITIES

Hear about the connection between critical thinking skills, entrepreneurship and STEM as we discuss how Vicky's degree in accounting turned into a software company in 2000 that provides technology for social games and virtual worlds. We'll also discuss how these skills and experiences fueled her passion to co-found International Orphans Foundation and Youth CITIES.

Before discovering her interest in entrepreneurship, Vicky held responsibilities in financial analysis, operations, sales, process engineering and project management for software development for a variety of small businesses and large corporations.

Vicky has been recognized in numerous publications including in Red Herring’s cover story “Young Moguls: 20 Outstanding Entrepreneurs Under 35,” the Kauffman Foundation for “Entrepreneurs Giving Back,” the 2004 Boston Business Journal’s “40 Under 40,” and 2015 WomenUp.

When you put the questions and imposing onto the kids, A) They become more active participants, versus just passively trying to absorb the information. B is, if you don't know the answer, it's actually cool. You can put the burden on them to ask the questions, then say, "Hey, you know what? I don't really know." Or, "Let's see." You don't even have to say that you don't know. It's like, “Let's see. Let's try it out; let's test it. We can find it out through this experiment.

— Vicky Wu-Davis