Kudos to my friend Simon Hauger for landing a front page story in yesterday’s Inquirer as his team of West Philadelphia High School students heads off to Michigan for the Automotive X-Prize and a chance at winning $10 million for building a car that can get 100 miles to the gallon. This is a great example of two things I believe in:
1) There is practically no limit to what motivated kids can do, no matter how beleaguered are the neighborhoods and schools they come from.
2) Innovation is inherently a disruptive activity, for those inside the box are insufficiently driven to find a new way to the old thing they make their living on.
Lofty ideals aside, my competitive spirit and my West Philly pride say: go team!