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Darla Moore School of Business professor, MBA student partner to launch teen social innovation camp

(Columbia, SC) – An innovation camp for middle school and high school-aged students will be held August 8-12 at USC’s Darla Moore School of Business (DMSB).

The camp is the inspiration of Tiye Gordon, an MBA student at DMSB with a concentration in international business, entrepreneurship and innovation, and Dr. Joel Wooten, assistant professor of management science.

“With the increased connectivity of the internet in our lives and the resulting explosion of data, access to technology and its influence in today’s business landscape can help the youth of today be the leaders of tomorrow,” said Gordon.

DIG Camp’s focus in its inaugural year is social innovation as it relates to helping communities. Among other skills, students will gain experience in problem-solving and creating solutions for innovation hurdles in a fun and interactive setting.

Gordon is the founder and president of Teen V.O.I.C.E, Inc. – a 501(c)3 organization that provides youth of color with safe spaces, technology training and opportunity to strengthen their voices and aid in developing purpose, passion and power. The camp is under the umbrella of events and programming done by the organization.

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As a model for the camp, Wooten’s “Innovation and Design” course at USC uses innovation tournaments in the classroom to help students learn how to deal with uncertainty in solving problems. Wooten will lead and instruct students with principles from his course throughout the duration of the camp.  

“One of the things business school students are increasingly asking for is access to innovation classes and content,” said Wooten. “This camp takes those same ideas and introduces them to the next generation of inventors and problem solvers – I’m incredibly excited about it.”

Students ages 12 -17 are eligible for the camp. Registration is free, but donations are preferable. Students interested in registering can do so through the camp’s Eventbrite page or online.

For more information and for sponsorship or volunteer opportunities, visit digcamp.weebly.com or email [email protected].

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