Simon Cowell, Will.i.am Creating TV Show to Find Next Zuckerberg: Reports

Simon Cowell and Will.i.am are planning an "X Factor for Tech" contest to find the next tech wunderkind, reports say.

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Simon Cowell and Will.i.am are working on a new competition show that will try to find the next Mark Zuckerberg or Steve Jobs.

The two celebrities are allegedly working on the show after a secret dinner in Los Angeles last month, according to The Sun (U.K.).

Will.i.am, a member of the band Black-Eyed Peas and a judge on the British version of "The Voice," told reporters, "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."

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Will.i.am, who has given time and money to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in his native Los Angeles, said he sees the new program as a way to inspire young people. 

"It’s about getting in touch with youth and giving them a platform to express themselves — whether that’s in science or mathematics," he said in a pre-taped interview at a Royal Television Society conference in London Friday.
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