This is the first in a series of YouthSpark profiles where we highlight young people in Asia who are dedicated to changing the world through technology, and inspiring others along the way.
NAME: JAMES PINTO
OCCUPATION: CO-FOUNDER of Vortics Communications
James Pinto first got his start in technology entrepreneurship through participating in the 2008 Imagine Cup competition — he was the project lead in the eventual winning team for developing an environmental monitoring robotic system that provides data in real time. The innovative idea inspired James to do more to create a sustainable working environment by co-founding Vortics Communications, a turnkey solutions provider that helps organizations improve workplace safety management. His entrepreneurial spirit and efforts to improve workplace safety management have been recognized, with James being named as the Shell Livewire Most Promising Entrepreneur in 2011.
Tell us one exciting thing that you have been working on in the past 3 – 6 months.
My focus has always been on using technology to bring about positive change, focusing on occupational safety and health issues. At Vortics we are looking to expand our portfolio into providing safety and health for elderly care through the development of GridICE, a battery-free wireless personal alert system designed to facilitate independent living for the elderly and those with physical ailments.
What are some of the challenges facing youth today that concern you the most?
Technology is evolving at such a rapid rate that it might prove to be a challenge to keep up with the changes. As an entrepreneur, I am always keen to get a better sense of how new technologies have impacted the lives of young people — and how we can develop innovative solutions to keep them engaged and believing they can make the world better.
If you had the ability to create one change in the world, what would that be and how can technology help you achieve this change?
I believe in the potential of technology for social change, and I will continue to focus on improving health and safety standards, as well as promoting a greater awareness of sustainable value among organizations. My ultimate aim is to help create an ideal environment that allows people to work, live and play safely.
I aspire to... become the best in what I do, and to make a positive impact on my community.
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