Simon Cowell and Will.i.am 'to launch hunt for new Bill Gates'
AN X Factor spin-off show which aims to find a new technology entrepreneur to follow in the footsteps of Bill Gates is being planned by music moguls Simon Cowell and Will.i.am.
Will.i.am, a singer with the Black Eyed Peas and coach on BBC1's The Voice, has claimed he will be work with Mr Cowell on the show to give young people a chance "to express themselves" in science and maths.
Speaking at a technology conference in London, he said: “We’re working on a project called X Factor for tech — and it’s going to be out of this world.”
“Singing and performance create a couple of jobs. But this will create lots.
“It’s about getting in touch with youth and giving them a platform to express themselves — whether that’s in science or mathematics.”
Although details of the show are not yet confirmed, it's likely the programme will follow the format of the X Factor, where by budding entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to a panel of judges.
Will.i.am is the "director of creative innovatiopn" for Intel and has previously spoken about wanting to launch a technology programme for tech-minded people.
He has also expressed interest in using technology to enhance his own work. Last year he discussed staging a virtual Black Eyed Peas concert, attended by thousands of avatars.
It's likely the new spin-off show will be based in the UK, although when the programme will be filmed and aired is unclear.
By Alice Philipson Telegraph.co.uk