A senior student from the College of Computer Studies recently participated in the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (SEED) from March 23 to April 27 in the United States.


Carl Matheous Simpao, a senior student taking up Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, took part in the intensive short term academic Institutes which is aimed at providing groups of young leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States, and a particular theme, while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills.


Simpao was hosted by Arizona State University during his experiential learning visits to social enterprises, culture, and American history in Arizona, New York and Washington D.C.


The five-week program was comprised of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations and lectures aside from the educational travel, site visits, leadership activities, and volunteer opportunities within the local community within a span of four weeks and a domestic study tour of approximately one week.


During the academic residency, Simpao and other participants were given the opportunity to engage in educational and cultural activities outside of the classroom.


Simpao was co-founder of the Night Owl Hackerspace which provides an exceptional contextualized model in facilitating creativity amongst individuals. It consists of an environment that promotes self-esteem and freedom to create and craft technological innovations.


Night Owl has evolved to be branched out to different subprograms such as the Technology Business Incubator — forming a team internally amongst themselves —providing a concrete mechanics of incubation because of the fundamental aspect — that in each member’s incentive are their own determination.


The YSEALI Academic Fellowship on Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development provides fellows with an overview of entrepreneurial approaches that are employed to address social issues. The Institute will review the development, history, challenges, and successes of social enterprises and community leaders, in the United States and globally.