A 14-year-old boy from Texas has received a strong show of support from tech royalty after police arrested him for bringing a homemade clock into school.
Ahmed Mohamed was arrested by police because school officials thought his invention looked like a bomb.
The teen inventor, who has now been released, won over support from all the giants of tech world including Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter and Google as well as praise from Obama and Hilary Clinton.
Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? We should inspire more kids like you to like science. It's what makes America great.
— President Obama (@POTUS) September 16, 2015
Assumptions and fear don't keep us safe—they hold us back. Ahmed, stay curious and keep building. https://t.co/ywrlHUw3g1
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 16, 2015
In a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, Ahmed said: "I built a clock to impress my teacher but when I showed it to her she thought it was a threat to her. I'm very sad that she got the wrong impression of it."
According to the BBC, his father Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed who is from Sudan, added: "He's a very smart, brilliant boy and he said he just wanted to show himself to the world."
In a joint show of support for the young genius, science and tech experts reached out to offer him jobs, internships and an opportunity to showcase his brilliance at their own companies.
— MIT (@MIT) September 17, 2015
— Twitter (@twitter) September 16, 2015
Hey Ahmed- we're saving a seat for you at this weekend's Google Science Fair...want to come? Bring your clock! #IStandwithAhmed
— Google Science Fair (@googlescifair) September 16, 2015
— jason (@Jason) September 17, 2015
— Pebble (@Pebble) September 16, 2015
Ahmed, I know you've been invited to the White House and Facebook. But, we both know you're enterprise software guy at heart. Come by Box!
— Aaron Levie (@levie) September 16, 2015
Ahmed thanked all supporters at the press conference and sent a strong message to aspiring inventors:
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 16, 2015
Despite the outpouring of offers, Ahmed has only accepted Obama's invite to the White House and is yet to respond to Facebook and Twitter.
One imagines however, that Obama will set the bar quite high for Zuckerberg.
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