Steve Woz on Indian education and tech companies: creativity is nowhere to be seen

In the last five years or so, India has witnessed various startups companies emerging making it the world’s leading startup hubs. It’s still a long road ahead for us to witness something big, innovated or world-changing product.

On the fourth edition of Global Business Summit, Steve Wozniak talked about Indian tech companies, their future and Indian education system. According to him, Indian techies are ‘too predictable’ to Innovate. He thinks that Indians lack a certain creativity which is necessary when it comes to tech innovation. Woz, the man behind the Apple I, believes that there will not be any big companies or breakthroughs like Google, Facebook or Apple. At least for a long time.

But why is that? Why does he think Indian tech companies are not capable of what Google or Facebook does? Well, he believes it’s a product of both our culture and our education system. “What is the biggest tech company here, Infosys maybe? I just don’t see that sort of thing coming out of Infosys and I have done keynotes for them three times,” he said.

Lack of Creativity in Indians is a problem here

Indian Education and Indian Tech companies

Indian Education is largely based on studiousness instead of focusing on creativity. Indians are very hard working but when it comes to creativity they are lagging behind. Indians aren’t that creative. Everyone support this argument including many Indian students. “The culture here is one of success based upon academic excellence, studying, learning, practicing and having a good job and a great life,” he added.

Steve Wozniak also compared India to Singapore. “For upper India, not the lower. I see two Indias. That’s a lot like Singapore study, study, work hard and you get an MBA, you will have a Mercedes but where is the creativity?”

“The creativity gets left out when your behaviour is too predictable and structured, everyone is similar. Look at a small country like New Zealand, the writers, singers, athletes, singers, athletes, it’s a whole different world.”

Wozniak also talked about how coding is taught in schools. He says coding is very important but should not be taught before the age of 12. There’s a pretty good explanation here too. To learn to programme, one should be able to do symbolic reasoning and that stage comes when you’re 12. And programming can be taught only when you are ready for algebra.

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