Local 14-Year-Old. President/CEO. Keynote Speaker—HEC-TV Program Helps MICDS Student Who Started His Own Company at Age 12 Become Keynote Speaker at Technology Conference.

    (St. Louis) Fourteen-year-old Jaylen Bledsoe, President and CEO of Bledsoe Technologies, LLC., recently served as the keynote speaker of the Students Involved With Technology (SIT) Conference on Saturday, February 23 at Heartland Community College in Bloomington Normal, IL.

    Bledsoe was selected to keynote conference after one of the major sponsors of the event noticed Bledsoe in HEC-TV’s August 2012 episode of Behind The Minds, as well as a featured article in the St. Louis American.

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    “Jaylen truly has his sights set on greatness,” said Behind The Minds segment producer Brenda Madden. “It is exciting to see him continue to succeed since being featured on our program.”

    SIT is an annual conference presented to provide a forum where students in grades 3-12 can demonstrate technology tools they have learned in school or that they are interested in.

    Bledsoe, currently a freshman at Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS) high school, generated Bledsoe Technologies, LLC on a home computer at the age of 12. The company specializes in web and software design and development, as well as user interface services.

    “I’ve learned that to get anywhere, you have to take risks,” Bledsoe said in Behind the Minds.

    “That’s one of the things that makes him special,” noted Bledsoe’s former assistant principal Nyron Edwards of Hazelwood West Middle School. “He’s already thinking on a global scale.”

    Behind The Minds is an Emmy Award-winning newsmagazine program that shows how educators, students, and the community are successfully solving problems confronting elementary/secondary education. February 2013 marks the tenth anniversary of this program that is the only television show in St. Louis focused solely on education. It airs on HEC-TV Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 pm, and on KTVI 2.2 Tuesdays at 1:30 pm.

    HEC-TV is St. Louis’ leading producer of education, arts and cultural television programming. HEC-TV’s programs reflect the organization’s mission to strengthen and promote the education, arts and cultural communities in the Greater St. Louis area by connecting these organizations and institutions to the communities they serve. HEC-TV can be seen on Charter digital channel 989, over the air channel 2.2, U-verse channel 99, and on the web at hectv.staging.wpengine.com.

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