We live in the most dynamic and transformative time since the industrial revolution. At the same time this generation is faced with a diverse range of complex issues: By 2020, the global economy is set to experience a shortfall of 85 million skilled jobs. In the next decade, 80% of all professions are expected to require STEM skills.
In response, society is seeking modern-day solutions for these modern-day challenges: Cutting-edge innovations in education that reach the ones that need it most, and directly engage with those who are on the fringe of society.
We believe that there is no greater – or more exciting – opportunity to increase and improve STEM education than through sport. It can harness the passion of young people. It can address a problem through a different perspective, revealing unexpected solutions. It can open up ways of pushing the boundaries, motivating, creating, and pursuing.
In 2017, Beyond Sport, 49ers Foundation and Chevron have teamed up to address this opportunity and find tangible solutions. On May 9th, Beyond Innovation will convene influencers, decision-makers and changemakers from around the world to explore how we can use sports as a tool to educate, create, and empower new approaches to STEM education.
Organizations already confirmed to join the conversation include NFL, Bloomberg, Stanford University, Golden State Warriors, Merrill Lynch, Bay Area Girls Unite, Direct TV, Super League Gaming, UNICEF Innovation, Figure Skating in Harlem, Girls Who Code, LA84 Foundation, and many more.