John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
June 20, 2013

Hi everyone. I hope you are enjoying the first-ever Innovation Ambassadors event. To those of you watching in Chile, Israel, Mexico, South Africa, Spain, and Sweden – thank you very much for joining what we hope will be a growing network of young innovators. More and more, the most important progress and change in our world is literally driven by all of you. The young people. And that’s never been more true than it is today with more than 60 percent of the world’s population is younger than 30. I’m jealous. That’s why the first LEGO League is so great. New inventions and innovation, what we call intellectual property, all of these great new ideas help our country grow and create jobs.

So President Obama is going to keep looking out for you and helping your generation to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math, and the first LEGO League is going to make sure you have the chance to show off exactly what you’ve learned. And to make some pretty cool inventions while you’re at it. Inventions that can actually help people in your communities and, perhaps even, change the world. To all of you who participated in the senior solutions competition by using your imagination to help make life a little easier for people, like your grandparents, thank you for doing such important work.

And I’m really looking forward to seeing the solutions that you’ve come up with in this year’s “Nature’s Fury Challenge”. Natural disasters like dangerous storms and earthquakes are enormous challenges. And we need your ideas in order to protect against them and also to help rebuild after they do their damage. All of you are the innovators of tomorrow. You are role models for your peers. You inspire the grown-ups around you, including the President and me.

So I encourage you to use everything you’re learning to make the world a better place. We’re counting on you to go on and do great things. Good luck and have a lot of fun.