Editorial comment: Editor Michael Adkins is keeping an eye out for young entrepreneur Callum Daniel

PUBLISHED: 08:49 22 March 2017 | UPDATED: 08:54 22 March 2017

Dionne Danie

Callum Daniel’s passion for robots has led him to set up his own company. Picture: DIONNE DANIEL

It’s often easy to overlook the talented young people who are achieving so much even before they’ve left school.

News channels are filled with stories about gang crime, street violence or unruly youngsters who who see anti-social behaviour as the norm. Although it’s important to report the bad news it can become quite depressing and does nothing to inspire children as, however presented, these stories reinforce the wrong assumption that most young people are to be shunned or avoided.

That’s why it’s important to recognise the amazing stories young people are creating every week in this borough - often given a cursory look and not the full credit it deserves.

Earlier this month it was talented Kaashif Kamaly who secured a place at Eton College after excelling at Forest Gate Community School. Today it’s Callum Daniel.

Now surely this boy has a huge future ahead of him - how many eight-year-olds can boast they already have their own business?

Aside from doing something he loves - which is a key to building a successful business - he has hit on an industry that is very much of his generation.

Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are taking place on a regular basis and industries will change to keep pace.

Creative, forward-thinking and passionate entrepreneurs will thrive, where others will struggle to keep up with an ever competitive workplace. It’s why education is so important, following your dreams with gusto and taking opportunities as they come.

Remember the names iCodeRobots and Callum Daniel - his business maybe worth millions in years to come.

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