Will.i.am And Simon Cowell To Look For Next Steve Jobs In “X Factor For Tech”
Will.i.am announced this week that he and prime time rival Simon Cowell will partner for an upcoming reality show that searches for the world’s next great tech innovator. The move is another step in the Black Eyed Peas musician’s long standing advocacy for technology and science education.
According to British paper The Sun, Will.i.am states the program will be called “X Factor for Tech.” (Hm… to the point, but not a very catchy title.) He added that he sees science as an even bigger creator of jobs than entertainment.
Mashable points out that Will has long been a public advocate for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education. He attended a science magnet high school before going into music, and now plans to enroll in college-level computer science courses. He recently said that “coders are today’s rock stars.”
The pair of Will and Cowell is slightly unusual, as their shows The Voice and X Factor were director competitors this season in the UK.
What do you think of “X Factor For Tech?”