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Superpowers Series: Filippo Yacob

"...a really encouraging mum that growing up pushed me to be curious..."

What is your superpower?

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What or who inspired your superpower?

It comes without warning, randomly connecting dots between subjects, activities, daily events. But it was nurtured by a really encouraging mum that growing up pushed me to be curious, and taught me to value learning through doing, and always encouraged me to explore my surroundings.

What has been one of your best inventions/creations?

I’ve created 2 things in my life I’m proud of. Cubetto, a tangible programming interface for children ages 3 to 6, which I co-designed with a friend and co-founder Matteo Loglio, and Pigzbe, a digital piggy-bank for children ages 6 and up which I also had the pleasure of co-designing with Kano Computer designer Jon Marshall.


How has technology changed what you do and influenced your life?

Access to physical computing for example, made it possible for me to develop the sort of toys and tools I would dream of, in the way I believe Tech Will Save Us products do for younger kids. Even just the awareness of technology being a kind of “fabric” that you can play with and mould to shape the things I dreamed of changed the way I saw myself as able to create the things I would invent in my imagination.

What is your favourite Tech Will Save Us kit and why?

Electro Dough kits of course!!! It’s the first one I was able to use with my 5 year old son Alex. I could see him trying to figure out how it worked, and I knew I could explain it simply and play along with him. He was being creative, and I saw a little bit of myself in the way he played.

"Tech won't save us, but humans that can create with it will."

“Tech Will Save Us” – agree or disagree?

Tech won’t save us, but humans that can create with it will. I agree with the mission, and with their unique approach to technology education.

If you’d like to keep up with Fantastic Filippo’s adventures, keep an eye out for pigzbe’s Kickstarter coming soon. Plus, you can enter their giveaway to be in for a chance to win a bundle of awesome tech toys worth $1500, including our Dough-luxe Universe and many others, by clicking here.

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