Startup Accelerator Scholas.Labs Announced by Pope Francis
Friday, February 13, 2015
Startup accelerator Scholas.Labs was announced last week during an education event hosted by Pope Francis. Although one hardly expects to hear “startup accelerator” and “pontiff” in the same sentence, this enterprise is quite real and is aimed at assisting education projects all over the world.
Catholic Church isn’t the only organization backing it up – it received support from a number of tech companies like Microsoft, Google, IMB and Argentine Globant.
According to The Inquisitr, despite claiming to be totally hopeless with all things electronic, Pope Francis is probably the most progressive and forward-thinking pontiff in recent history, always ready to embrace technology and all the possibilities it offers. Only last Thursday he hosted his second Google Hangout during which he talked to children from countries like the USA, Spain, Brazil and India about technology, education and their dreams for the future.
Nevertheless, the pontiff strongly believes that technology should be used to help communication, not hinder it: whenever it helps to bring together people, especially those who couldn’t have met otherwise, it is good. When it replaces actual communication and becomes a thing in itself for the sake of itself – it is evil. According to The Time, he mentioned it again in his annual message for World Communications Day.