We develop young people that want to impact billions.
The Knowledge Society was built for people who want to be different. It's an environment for like-minded young people who want to make an impact to collaborate with each other to solve big problems in the world without being limited by conventional beliefs and outdated structures.
This program is designed to mimic the learning environments of Google, Facebook, Y Combinator, MIT and Stanford. They use a model called an accelerator to grow billion dollar companies (aka "unicorn companies"). However, instead of developing unicorn companies, we focus on developing people that will impact billions (aka "unicorn people").
The best way to predict the future is to create it.
We are living in the most exciting time in history where technologies and sciences are advancing faster than ever before. We can use these new tools to solve problems that were once unsolvable, like cancer and climate change, while also creating new ways of doing things like autonomous driving and digital currencies. It's important to understand these technologies so we can use them to build the future we want to live in.
You should apply to TKS if:
- You want to leave your mark on the world.
- You want to collaborate with like-minded people to solve big problems.
- You're excited to learn about emerging technologies and sciences that will shape our future.
If you apply to TKS, show us that you (1) think differently, (2) think big, and (3) are hungry to learn about cutting-edge innovation.
This is what the future looks like.
It's nothing like school.
At TKS, there is no typical session. Each week has a different theme that maps to a topic, skill, and mindset. Sessions are highly interactive, collaborative, and engaging. We give students problems that don't have solutions. They are constantly pushed to think of new ways of doing things, rather than relying on the status quo.Solve hard problems. Develop strong relationships. Build valuable skills.
TKS partners with leading organizations to expose students to important real-world problems they are currently facing. Previous challenges have been done with Microsoft, Walmart, Airbnb, Nestle, and TD Bank. Students are trained on how to solve problems using the McKinsey & Company consulting framework, then present their recommendations to the organizations. As a result, TKS students gain a strong understanding of problems companies are facing today.
Work with teams to identify a problem and brainstorm potential solutions. Hackathons combine strategy, design, and technology to materialize your ideas into the real world. Train yourself to solve problems and build solutions.
Having fun is important - especially with people that have a lot in common with you. We work hard to intentionally create a unique environment where students can build meaningful and authentic relationships with like-minded people. During TKS, we host special events and constantly create opportunities for people to meet each other. We want to increase the chances of students meeting their closest friends and future co-founders in the program by building a collaborative and fun environment.
Mindset is everything, yet the amount of time we spend developing how we think is very small compared to what we learn.
The mind is everything. What you think is what you become."
In TKS, we focus on developing a growth mindset that encourages confidence, optimism, and independence. We help students build reliable mental models they can leverage when making difficult decisions. Everything starts in your mind.
The skills needed to be influential in the 21st century are completely different than any other time in history. Some things that have changed include:
- Being able to find information has become much more important than memorizing information.
- Asking good questions has become much more valuable than being able to follow orders.
- Understanding others and developing emotional intelligence (EQ) has become a critical factor in success.
The skills needed to be successful in tomorrow's world are different than what students are being exposed to in today's classrooms. In TKS, students will develop their presentation and speaking skills, learn how to network at conferences and through tools like LinkedIn, build modern content creation skills through slide decks, video creation, blog posts, newsletters, one-pagers, and learn best practices of email communication.
Networking Presenting Negotiating Communicating questioning debating Design thinking Leading
It's not about what you've done, but what you will do.
Recognized Around The World
TKS alumni have spoken at the largest tech conferences in the world, including Web Summit, SXSW, and CES.
Once you start realizing what you're actually capable of, incredible things can happen.
Read about our alumni and learn more about their journey in TKS.
Access to exclusive opportunities.
Having unique experiences helps shape how people see the world. It's important for our students to gain valuable experiences outside the classroom to broaden their knowledge into the real-world, which includes areas like attending conferences and events, speaking at conferences, and working at top-tier companies.
TKS students have spoken at over 100+ events and conferences across the world.
Conferences and events
TKS has relationships with leading technology and innovation conferences including C2, CES, Web Summit, and SXSW. During these conferences, students are exposed to some of the smartest people in the world, while also building their networking skills and confidence.
Summer internship training
During the program, students develop valuable skills and knowledge that is recognized by top-tier organizations. As a result, these organizations have hired TKS students and given them difficult projects to work on in areas including augmented reality, artificial intelligence, blockchain, and big data analytics to meaningfully impact their businesses.
Important deadlines and key dates.
There are 3 applications:
- Early Applications:
Early applicants are given priority, as they will be reviewed earlier by the team.
When you apply early, you get priority for admission, as well as financial assistance as necessary.
- Regular Applications:
We review submissions on a rolling basis. Acceptances will occur on an ongoing basis until co-horts are full.
- Late Applications:
The risks of applying late are that cohorts can be full, and we rank applicants based on when they apply. This means that two people who have a similar score on their application will be differentiated by when they apply.
Nov. 10 Early ApplicationsDeadline
Jan. 10 Regular ApplicationsStart
Jan. 13 Regular ApplicationsDeadline
March 22 Late ApplicationsStart
March 23 Late ApplicationsDeadline
April 28Financial Aid Due April 30Acceptance Form Due June 15Cohorts Finalized Sept. 14Program Starts
Financial aid is available.
Developing a world-class program that achieves the highest metrics of success requires a large amount of time, investment, and extremely talented people. The fees cover the cost of operating the program and ensuring students have the highest quality education. This will likely be one of the best investments you make into your child's future.
We ensure that finances are never the barrier to a student who is accepted to TKS. Apply, get in, and we will work with you to make sure you can join TKS.
Program fees for 2020-2021 will be announced in January 2020.
2019-2020 Program Fees
2019-2020 Program Fees
We believe that personal finances should not inhibit ambitious students from participating in TKS. Students who are accepted to TKS are eligible to receive financial support on a case-by-case basis.
Flexible payment options are available if you do not qualify for financial aid but you require financial assistance due to a special situation.
Everything you need to know.
By the end of the program you should expect to:
- Build a breadth of understanding on what the different exponential technologies are, how they work, and their applications.
- Develop a depth of understanding of a specific exponential technology, and have built multiple projects using this technology.
- Build a strong network of driven and ambitious students in your city.
- Be eligible for summer internships at cutting-edge organizations.
- Have a deeper understanding about yourself and the world.