Phillip Hedayatnia is an 19-year-old social entrepreneur, UX designer, and digital strategist from an untraditional path – from growing up in a small town in rural Ohio to pursuing startups and projects in the fields of education reform, political advocacy, and information technology.

In his freshman year of high school, Phillip founded data-driven design agency HybridSite Creative and grew it to serve clients across the country, from small mom-and-pop shops to news publications reaching hundreds of thousands of readers. Since then, Phillip has founded four more for-profit ventures and several nonprofits, including Palo Alto-based cloud computing company GoForge, Houston-based B2B2C education technology startup Solver Labs, and a national nonprofit supporting communicative skill education in schools, Fight for Forensics.

Outside of the technology sector, Phillip is also active in activism and advocacy, fighting for a more healthy political climate at local, statewide, and national levels. Phillip has served as a digital strategist for Gary Johnson’s candidacy and a developer and strategist for Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s candidacy for US President, and in 2016, Phillip co-founded and served as editor-in-chief of a millennial-focused political news site, RealPolitics News. Phillip also serves as the Chief Technology Officer of The Millennial Institute, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit, nonpartisan political advocacy organization that is dedicated to reducing voter apathy and informing millennials on pressing political issues.

Today, Phillip focuses on developing strategies and tools to support real-world problem solving within the classroom and bring about educational reform as a public speaker, educational consultant, and as the co-founder and CEO of Solver Labs. Phillip currently attends Rice University, where he is seeking a custom degree in Arts, Technology and the Science of Creativity with a minor in Neuroscience, and was recently designated a Fellow at the Liu Idea Lab for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.


Published on August 24, 2017