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From Natural Disaster Victim to Entrepreneur

Bill Gates once said, “We cannot maintain an innovative economy unless we have well-trained people in science, math, and engineering”. Careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) has continued to grow at a rate of 17% since 2008, according to a U.S. Department of Commerce report.

In order to fulfill the STEM career positions, it is crucial that youth are taught the fundamentals of the industry early in life. Which is why Junior Achievement (JA) has various mobile and in-class programs to teach students critical thinking and career possibilities within the scope of STEM.

It was through STEM that One Concern, a Palo Alto, California based startup was able to engineer an answer to a question that has been plaguing the world for centuries—what would the world look like if we could predict (and prepare) the impact of natural disasters?

This past year was the single most expensive year on record for natural disasters.

Using artificial intelligence, this one-of-a-kind company focuses on earthquake preparedness and the response of crucial medical teams to save lives, cities, and money.

Cofounder Ahmad Wani, a Stanford Ph.D. student studying Earthquake Science, stated, “Our AI-based technology will assign a unique, verified ‘digital fingerprint’ to every natural or manmade element, from the smallest rock to complete structures to megacities and eventually, the entire planet.”

The platform being utilized by One Concern combines machine learning, hazard modeling, and artificial intelligence (AI) to predict when disasters will strike in order to prepare communities.

Recently, the life-saving company received $20 million from New Enterprise Associates along with participation from Geodesic Capital.

To review one of JA’s STEM offerings, check out JA Assembling Your Career HERE!

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Johnson, Khari. "One Concern Raises $20 Million For AI That Predicts The Impact Of Natural Disasters." VentureBeat. N. p., 2017. Web. 10 Jan. 2018.

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