2018 Future Engineer Speaker: Alex Knoll
EXPO Future Engineer Talk
Alex Knoll, Ability App Developer
The Things We Can Do
13-year-old app developer, Alexander Knoll, will discuss his journey developing Ability App and talk about the things we can do, big and small, to make the world a more inclusive and accessible place.
About Alex Knoll
Alexander Knoll is a 13-year-old app inventor, human rights advocate and international speaker from Post Falls, Idaho. Knoll has a big heart and has always been drawn to helping others.
Knoll has accomplished a great deal in his short life, thus far. At Age 8, he testified in front of the Idaho State Legislature Tax and Revenue Committee, on behalf of the school children of Idaho. At Age 10, he became the Regional and State Grand Champion of Invent Idaho (a statewide competition for young inventors) for his app invention that can help people with disabilities navigate public spaces and find safe, reliable services and employment called Ability App. Read more about the app on www.AbilityApp.org.
He went on to win ICubed Inventor's Challenge, Discovery 3M Young Scientist's Challenge for the State of Idaho, as well as the AT&T and Imagination Foundation's Inventor's Challenge, all for Ability App.
Knoll has appeared multiple times on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. He has meet with Apple CEO and hero Tim Cook, appeared on NBC Nightly News and on many other National and International News Broadcasts. Knoll and Ability App have also been featured in many National and International print publications such as TIME Magazine For Kids, Miami Herald and The Irish Times.
Knoll enjoys public speaking and has addressed thousands of people all around the world about Human Rights, equality, accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities, kindness to others and the importance of STREAM education. Knoll enjoys speaking to people about the things they can do (big and small) to help make this world a better place for others.
In his free time, Knoll enjoys drawing, volunteering, working on Ability App and researching cars. His heroes are Ellen DeGeneres (TV Talk Show Host), Tim Cook (Apple CEO) and Elon Musk (SpaceX and Tesla CEO), all champions of making the world a better place.