Would you watch an American Idol or X-Factor show for finding America’s next great entrepreneurial talent? Simon Cowell and Will.i.am hope the answer to that question is a hearty “yes,” because they’re reportedly planning exactly that show, reports The Sun:
“We’re working on a project called X Factor for Tech — and it’s going to be out of this world,” Will.i.am told The Sun.
They aim to discover budding technology wizards who can follow in the wake of Microsoft billionaire Gates, 56, and late Apple genius Steve Jobs.
Will, 37, said: “Singing and performance create a couple of jobs. But this will create lots. It’s about getting in touch with youth and giving them a platform to express themselves — whether that’s in science or mathematics.”
Will.i.am is a known techie and tech education advocate, often calling for better education in low-income schools and recently having his song beamed from Mars. He revealed his collaboration with Cowell when he spoke at a technology conference in London.