We caught up with Shameik Moore, star of the new animated Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movie, to find out more about his character Miles Morales and the difficulties faced by young people trying to find the right path in life.
Shameik rose to fame in his early teens, starring in TV comedy series Incredible Crew and more recently The Get Down – co-created by Baz Luhrmann – successfully making a name for himself in acting, singing and dancing. Shameik recalls that from a young age his teachers told him he would never be a star, but support from fans, friends and family spurred him on to pursue his dream.
“I personally wasn’t supported at school about becoming an entertainer but my peers, like the kids that saw me dancing and that saw me on TV when I was little, they supported me…If you’re passionate about it, following that path might lead you to what you’re really supposed to do.”
In the new Spider-Man movie, Shameik voices Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales who is bitten by a radioactive spider and finds himself learning to be the new Spider-Man. Shameik calls it a ‘coming-of-age’ film because his character is unsure how to use his new superhero abilities and accept the responsibility that has been thrust upon him.
Shameik explains that he can relate to the film because “this movie is letting everybody know anyone can wear the mask…It’s very important for kids to feel like anything is possible when they put their mind to it”.
We gave Shameik Vodafone’s Future Jobs Finder test, to identify his skills and which digital career he would be suited to. His top results included multi-media developer, social media manager and sound engineer. Better known as Meak during his teens, Shameik ran a YouTube show called ‘Meak's World’, racking up an online following as a skilled content creator and social media user, which he confidently confirms, “I am a multi-media developer for sure”.
In a new global digital campaign, Vodafone and Sony Pictures have teamed up to lead people to the Future Jobs Finder, drawing on the movie’s central theme: that anyone can achieve their full potential with the right skills and support. This initiative will build on Vodafone’s global programme, What will you be?, which has committed to support 10 million young people to access digital skills, learning and employment opportunities by 2022.
Alongside developing products and services that our customers use today, Vodafone engineers are working on a number of projects that help us to understand how technology can be used in the future. Over the next five days we’ll look at some of the most exciting, starting today with two projects controlling vehicles both on earth and on the moon…
In our review of some of the most exciting technology projects taking place in Vodafone, today we’ll be looking at two very different projects that will enable people to play online games.
Increasingly, our customers want to be connected at all times. Yet, as every smartphone user knows, despite the widespread coverage provided by mobile networks, there are still places that don’t get signal, for example deep indoors or within some lifts.
The Vodafone Foundation’s DreamLab app is aiding cancer research. The DreamLab app was first launched in Australia to help the Garvan Institute for Medical Research to harness the collective processing power of smartphones while they’re charging (usually at night, while the user is asleep).
It’s the final day of our review of some of the most exciting technology projects in Vodafone right now and today we’ll be finishing off with two projects using technology to improve health.