Will.i.am wants to find “next Steve Jobs in Hackney”

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Will.i.am on the Jobs hunt

Black Eyed Peas frontman, Will.i.am, earlier this week challenged youth charity The Prince’s Trust to find “the next Steve Jobs in Hackney”.

Will.i.am on the Jobs hunt. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

He told the Evening Standard: “I have no doubt that a kid from Brixton or East London can create something that changes the world with the Prince’s Trust.”Last year the singer – who grew up in a deprived area of Los Angeles – donated £500,000 to the trust, including his fee from being a judge on BBC show The Voice.

He said: “I never thought that when I was in the ghetto that one day I would meet the prince of England and give him $1m bucks for his foundation. I thought: ‘Get outta here!’”

Martina Milburn, chief executive of the Prince’s Trust, said Will.i.am opened her eyes to the importance of technology and computer skills. She announced that part of the donation will go towards STEM science – teaching science, technology, engineering and maths.