About Our Organization
Impact The Future (ITF) is an organization that was started by Praja Tickoo, a 10th grade student from Connecticut. With a goal to empower students through the process of Design Thinking, ITF was established to teach the youth how to problem solve, think critically and develop creative solutions to community problems. Our mission is to introduce Design Thinking to schools internationally. Through our 2021-2022 school program, students will select a problem that they have noticed in their environment and work through the process of design thinking to design a strong and effective solution.
About Our Founder:
Praja Tickoo, a 16-year-old student, has spent the last four years learning Design Thinking. In the summer of 2019, as part of a design thinking program, he participated in a collaborative effort to design a better ankle brace for a multiple sclerosis patient. This experience revealed to him the power that young people have to reshape their world, while reinforcing his conviction that problems can only be solved by questioning assumptions and involving those directly affected.
Praja has taken multiple courses in design thinking associated with institutions such as IDEO, the University of Pennsylvania and Cornell University. Additionally, he is the founder of Impact The Future, an organization aimed at teaching the process of design thinking to middle and high school students. He continues to work through Impact The Future to empower students to break down their assumptions of society, develop their skills of critical thinking, problem solving and creativity, and work to have an impact on the world.
Praja has been featured in news articles and podcasts about his thoughts on the education revolution and design thinking. He has been invited to speak at conferences and schools internationally. Most recently, Praja was invited by an NGO to speak about design thinking with a school system in Romania.