Predict the future of mobile by channeling your inner child
Why do we focus on the future? A few valid points come to mind, such as to have a clearer vision of what we want to accomplish, to improve the current environment we’re in or to try to predict what will happen next for capital gains.
The future of mobile seems to be important and irrelevant at the same time, which makes the task of focusing on a continuously moving target nearly impossible. As the CEO of Lowekey, a New York-based mobile development firm, I’ve made it my mantra to stay focused on the irrelevant yet all-important future of mobile.
Creating mobile applications is somewhat of a job for fortune-tellers and prophets. Making sure your UI is up-to-date and more advanced than the current competition or launching a growth model for users you have yet to acquire can resemble a crapshoot. When it comes to mobile development, even massive companies have to pivot on a dime in this ever-changing environment.
Last year, I had an idea to not try to predict the future, but to tame it through influence. This summer, my team and I had the pleasure of launching the first Lowekey Lab, a weeklong summer camp to teach mobile development skills to high school students in partnership with IBM. Our first stop was Cleveland, Ohio, where we had the opportunity to teach 20 high school students how to create a mobile app from wireframe to beta.
Over the weeklong camp, I saw firsthand how the future comes into existence. Mobile applications are the here and now, and I realized that the current high school generation has grown up with wireless internet-connected devices in their cribs. This realization made me even more curious as to how their brains worked and functioned when thinking of what was next in this ever-changing space.
The result was four complex yet forward-facing applications using artificial intelligence APIs from IBM Watson developed in the modern Swift language. Every student participating in Lowekey Lab did one thing that came very easy to them: channeling their inner child. This just so happens to be how they operated every day.
As we age, we become focused on maturing, overcoming and learning how to reiterate things we learned in university. To predict the future, you have to be the future, which requires your mind to be free of the constraints that keep you confined in the world you’ve created.
When I was growing up, a “career path” was all the rage on how to make it in America. However, “high school students today, part of Generation Z, are more inclined towards entrepreneurship rather than traditional career paths,” according to Alisa Maclin, Vice President of Marketing for Mobile Solutions at IBM. “In fact, 72 percent of current high school students want to start a business, and having mobile technology and entrepreneurship skills are fundamental for that goal.”
This excitement toward the future of mobile development drives it home that channeling your younger self will help you push the boundaries in your chosen field. Take Lowekey Lab as an example of how your inner child can help predict even the hardest-to-navigate markets.