I spent a very enjoyable weekend watching teams of young students from all over China at work on their projects for the 25th National Youth Computing Contest sponsored by VIA and HTC.
The passion, creativity, and technical knowledge shown by the students were extremely impressive. So too was their teamwork. This is a generation that is being well prepared for the fast-changing digital world.
There is an argument that China is not as innovative as the West. That may have been true in the past when it was trying to catch up, but these days the country is already beginning to move ahead of it in areas such as mobile commerce. The enthusiasm with which the government, schools, and parents are embracing maker technology and culture to promote creative thinking and problem-solving skills among young students bodes well for this trend to gain even stronger momentum in the future.