You’ve probably already heard about the young Texan boy who was pulled out of school and arrested earlier this week. His crime was merely building a clock out of old materials –which, to a few teachers, appeared to look like a bomb. Arrested in a NASA shirt of all things, the image of young Ahmed Mohamed in handcuffs has created a rallying cry from people who admired his creativity and innovation.

Since Ahmed’s arrest, there has been a great outpouring of support from all corners of the globe. The hashtag #IStandWithAhmed has been trending since news broke, reaching over a million tweets. Ahmed has received invitations from Barack Obama, Facebook, Twitter, NASA… It’s safe to say this intelligent young man will be going places. The beautiful thing about this story is that it has given oppressed young engineers a position to speak out, and together gives us a chance to shape the future of technology. Smart young tech advocates should be able to help the field grow, and it’s incredibly sad that children who have the potential to become technological heroes are being hidden by outdated, offensive thinking. Let Ahmed Mohamed be the last.

To begin building functioning devices at the tender age of 14 is nothing short of genius. It shows talent, ambition, and great intellect- take it from us that building tech from scratch is no easy feat! Ahmed, we know you’ve had a lot of offers, but if you ever fancy working with a cloud computing company in Staffordshire we would be incredibly lucky to have you. We know you’re going to do fantastic things, and we look forward to getting our hands on anything you create. The future is yours.

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Image taken from Ahmed Mohamed’s twitter: