Apoorva Panidapu is a young keynote & innovation speaker, writer, and published researcher who is fast becoming the voice of Gen Z. Since age 13, she has spoken to over 100,000 people at international conferences and has partnered with multi-billion dollar companies like Microsoft, Ebay, Google, and Walmart. Apoorva is passionate about ethical AI and tech policy, and will be pursuing her degree in computer science and public policy at Stanford University. Nicknamed the “Human Calculator” after her performance on the NBC National TV show Genius Junior, Apoorva became a viral sensation across social media and was featured on NOVA PBS, television’s most acclaimed science documentary series.
Apoorva Panidapu is recognized as a Global Child Prodigy, World Science Scholar, Diana Award Winner, and has received 7 Presidential Service Awards for her work. Apoorva is the founder of her own online art gallery, raising over $50,000 for global social reform through her art, and the creator of the award-winning column Gems in STEM, reaching over 75,000 people. Today, she helps leaders be at the forefront of the future of work, innovation, and inclusion for Gen Z.
When you think about diversity in the workplace, you think about measures like race, gender, and ethnicity…but what about age? Generation Z, born between 1997-2012, is the first generation of digital natives. Every generation has its own values as consumers and creators, and the globalization of Gen Z culture is one that has never been seen before.
Right now, leaders are struggling to adapt to Gen Z’s approach to the workplace and retain them as top talent. On the flip side, Gen Z is currently the least happy generation at work, and their happiness at work is tied to how passionate they are about the work they do. To bridge this workplace mismatch, Apoorva answers the question: how can companies and leaders keep up with emerging generations and reimagine a workplace that appeals to Gen Z’s values in the digital age?
In this highly-requested talk, Apoorva advises leaders and corporations on how to adapt quickly to be at the forefront of the future of work, innovation, and creation for Gen Z and effectively engage this generation of thinkers.
Featured on the NBC National TV show Genius Junior and viral mathematical sensation on every social platform, Apoorva shares her journey to becoming the “Human Calculator,” from hard-learned mindsets to forging her own education to becoming a published researcher at 16.
In the past decade, we’ve seen the incredible potential of streamlining and growing our work online. Apoorva talks about how young people can use their experience in the online space to create or engage with virtual platforms to learn, grow a business, or tangibly develop their passions.
Apoorva speaks about the intersection of STEM, the creative world, innovation, and its role in the future. From the beauty of biomimicry to applying art to science, she reveals two cheat codes to creativity and how art and STEM let people interpret the world around us all.
To promote diversity in tech, it’s time to demystify it–starting with younger generations. How can we create an exposure mechanism for all students to engage them in as many areas as possible and to give them a playground to problem-solve in? A focus on transferable real-world skills at an early age gives meaning to learning, and in turn creates motivation. Start allowing students to be actively learning and working on the problems of today, instead of waiting for the problems of tomorrow.
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"Apoorva is the ultimate ambassador, thought leader, humanitarian, and advisor we all need. She is a truly captivating speaker that will continue to inspire for many years to come."
Akua Opong, Senior Analyst, London Stock Exchange Group
"Apoorva's perspective on innovation and where the world is going is deeply respected by some of the largest companies in the world. She will be the one that people are talking about long after the event."
lan Lockhart, Director of Programs, The Knowledge Society
"Apoorva is one of the brightest, kindest, and most creative rising stars of our generation. She can engage and empower audiences of all ages and education levels, and I am constantly in awe of her brilliance and grace."
Stephanie Luna-Lopez, Operations Specialist, Girls Leadership Academy Meetup (GLAM)
"Apoorva was a captivating and articulate panelist who completely 'wowed' our audience of tech leaders and students alike. I was inspired by her outstanding accomplishments, curiosity and muliti-disciplinary approach to work and life."
Meagan Filion, Senior Director, Strategy Enablement, Technology & Operations, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
"Apoorva demonstrates impressive skills in speaking, design thinking, innovation, cross-cultural idea sharing, and leadership. Her lived-experience as an artist and scientist add a layer of authenticity and depth which is instrumental in her work's success."
Bupe Chikumbi, Founder and Executive Director, Genius Education Zambia
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