Last summer, Kingsong called some of his friends to make a cardboard tank. They drove the tank through some drive-thrus, made a video of it and posted it online. They posted the video on www.reddit.com and it was seen by a journliast from the Metro newspaper who asked to interview them for a story. The Ottawa Citizen, the CBC and Yahoo News saw it and also did a story on it. If you google “Cardboard Tank Drive Thrus”, you can still find some reports online.
Here is one from Yahoo News. Ottawa teens make cardboard tank to get drive-thru food
Another one is here: Cardboard tank mostly a hit at Ottawa’s drive-thrus
Last December, Kingsong invited two of his peers to take part in the PolyU ‘s Global Student Challenge competition. After receiving an invitation for the semi-final competition, Kingsong invited the Ottawa Citizen and the Metro to interview them. Up to now, the Ottawa Citizen hasn’t responded. The journalist from Metro news was very responsive and readily accepted. Here comes the report.
Idea to get creative students, startups together nets Ottawa teens trip to Hong Kong
By Graham Lanktree
A team of three teens from Colonel By Secondary School will soon travel to Hong Kong to pitch it their idea to “crowd-source students” to investors.
“The main premise is to crowd-source students to solve problems posed by businesses,” said Grade 11 student Kingsong Chen, who came up with the idea for an online site called InspireSource to bring the two sides together.
“A lot of the more creative ideas are coming from youth,” he said, noting that many high school science fairs turn out real medical innovations and that his peers who code and do web design have the skills ready to develop into careers.
“Hiring professionals in marketing is expensive for startups. Let’s say a business wanted a new graphic design,” he said. “They would post it on our website and we would have students from university, college and high school submit a proposal.”
Chen and his two business partners Steve Wu and Jeffrey Liang submitted the idea to Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Poly U innovation & entrepreneurship global student challenge earlier this year. They heard back last week that they have an all-expenses paid trip to Hong Kong to pitch the idea June 22, Chen said.
“Those who are driven see it as a platform where they can display their skills to the real world,” said Wu. “It may even motivate some students.”
Watch the one minute elevator pitch for InspireSource and cast your vote if you think it’s a winner.
Ottawa, a so-called most boring city，is raising a not so boring generation.