At only 19 years of age, Giorgio Doueihi is the Director and COO at the award-winning Fluid Education. Fluid Education’s ‘Backpack’ App has grown an incredible amount these past few months with a number of different high schools currently in the process of implementing this new tool. He sat down with Digital Careers to answer a few questions about what it’s like to be a young innovator today and how he came up with his first great idea.
What was your first great idea?
My first great idea was an electronic diary app for my high school, which I developed with the help of a friend when I was in Year 11. It was a simple app that helped students manage homework, timetables, learning resources, and announcements from teachers.
How did you go about coming up with your first great idea?
Ultimately, I was driven to build the app out of frustration. At the beginning of 2013, my high school gave every student an electronic diary app that was barely functional. I had my own idea for an app that could help me organise homework, documents, and my schedule, so a friend and I just decided to build it.
Where has your first great idea taken you?
I’m now the co-founder of an award-winning startup called Fluid Education. Since the original app, we’ve evolved into a more advanced tool, called Backpack, which is a single app that provides Australian students with easy access to all of a school’s digital resources.
What advice would you give to young innovators considering a career in technology?
The best piece of advice I could give is, get out there and start building things. It might sound cliché, but it’s true. If you have the initiative and drive, then there’s no reason why you can’t start making your own ideas come to life.
What do you like most about working in technology?
In the technology and startup space, things happen and change in an instant. It’s exciting to know that this space has the capacity to take a single idea and turn it into a massive company. Also, it’s impossible to be bored in technology, as there’s innovative developments being made almost every day.