June’s ‘Geeks on a Plane’ will look at solving what, exactly?

Take 100 geeks, stuff them on a plane, give them a set of problems, stand back and see what happens. No, this is not the sequel to ‘Snakes on a Plane’, but the core concept for an upcoming conference.

British Airways and the telecoms arm of the UN are the strange bedfellows behind the conference, which aim is to come up with solutions for the global tech skills crisis.

On a 12 hour flight from San Francisco to London, the 100 tech gurus and geeks (think brains and money men from Silicon Valley) will take a closer look at how companies can succeed in:

“[…] connecting the abundance of emerging STEM talent in cities around the world with civic and commercial opportunities in major tech hubs, where talent crunch is increasingly an issue.”

So, in other words, it’s about getting Indian and Chinese programmers to re-locate to Silicon Valley and London?

Well, Amir Dossal, chairman of the UN Global partnerships Forum said this in a statement:

““Our understanding is that the talent crunch is a real issue for companies and organisations in major tech hubs around the world.”

So that would be a yes….

So, media stunt?

Well, Marguerite Gong Hancock of Stanford Graduate School of Business, who has been partly responsible for picking the people who are going on the plane said this:

“Innovation is a contact sport. With 100 innovators from Silicon Valley together at 30,000 feet, anything is possible.”

So that would be a yes….


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