TKS Partners with Masason Foundation to Support Talented Youth

Masason Foundation supports its members worldwide in TKS Virtual Program

TKS is excited to welcome five Masason Foundation Members into our 10-month virtual program, which kicked off on September 9, 2020.

Masason Foundation is providing financial scholarships for five members from across the world to participate in the program. These members join 130 highschool students from 30+ countries who will be exposed to real-world technologies, develop the mindsets and soft skills for success, and join a global network of like-minded, ambitious innovators.

From left to right: Kent Nakai, Sora Shirai, Taiho Higaki, Mitsuka Kiyohara, Kota Suzuki.

These exceptional students are excited to join TKS and are passionate about using emerging technologies to solve the world’s biggest problems.

  • Kent Nakai, 14 from Osaka, Japan, is interested in the future of farming with hydroponics and robotics. He is looking forward to meeting people with different backgrounds and values to broaden his horizons of what’s possible.
  • Sora Shirai, 15 from the New Hampshire, U.S, is hoping to tackle educational inequality. Masason Foundation has changed her life through support of funding to attend programs, the huge network, and the many opportunities such as special conferences and summer camps.
  • Taiho Higaki, 12 from Maple Ridge, Canada is excited to join TKS to meet people from all around the world, and learn mindsets that will stick with him through his life. Taiho is interested in learning how technologies like AI can solve real problems, like climate change.
  • Mitsuka Kiyohara, 17 from Silicon Valley, U.S., aspires to be a scientist in the fields of chemistry, AI, and nanotechnology. She is grateful for her experiences as a Masason Member and is excited to meet TKS students who will spark new conversations and ideas about technologies and global issues.
  • Kota Suzuki, 14 from Bonn, Germany, is excited to learn more about how biotechnology and genetics will help invent treatments and medicine for incurable diseases. Being a Masason Member has impacted his life by providing a space where he can meet students with great ambitions and talents.

Masason Member Ken Shibata has also joined TKS Toronto’s cohort, hosted at WeWork.

Masason Foundation welcomes TKS students as Masason Members

Five TKS Innovators have been accepted as Masason Foundation Members through its selection process in 2020. Congratulations to Ananya Chadha, Cameron Kerr, Aaryan Harshith, Mukundh Murthy, and Alishba Imran (below from left to right)! These talented TKS students and alumni will have access to financial grants towards their education and research, networking opportunities, and an exclusive network.

Thank you to Masason Foundation for fostering the talents of exceptional youth.

About TKS

Founded in 2016, The Knowledge Society (TKS) is a 10-month accelerator program for curious and ambitious teens between the ages of 13-17. Through project-based learning and real-world skill-building, TKS trains young people to solve the world’s biggest problems using emerging technologies. TKS has trained more than 500 students across North America in areas such as artificial intelligence, regenerative medicine, and quantum computing, among others.

TKS was recently named a School of the Future by the World Economic Forum.

About Masason Foundation

The Foundation was established in December 2016 by SoftBank Group Representative Masayoshi Son to provide an environment that enables youth with high aspirations and exceptional talents to develop their skills and to contribute to the future of humankind. The Foundation provides support to youth with high aspirations and exceptional talents for expanding their potential and for their growth to be people who will create the future through exposure to new values and the latest technologies, and interactions with members.

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