will.I.am Aims To “TRANS4M” Los Angeles Neighborhood

Black Eyed Peas founder will.i.am hosted his TRANS4M conference last week at UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

The first annual TRANS4M conference was an invitation only event, that featured 250 attendees from various industries.

will.i.am served as the curator, while a variety of speakers were featured on panels throughout the day.

Speakers like Katy Haber, M.B.E., (co-founder of the Compton Cricket Club), Robert Appleby (particle physicist at the European Organization for Nuclear Research) Angela Ahrendts (Burberry CEO), Andrew Hessel (co-chairman of Singularity University’s Biotechnology Department) and others discussed a number of topics, mostly revolving around the future of science and technology.

“TRANS4M is about finding intersections between what you do and what we can do together,” will.i.am said. “Here in the room are brands, businesses, innovators, community organizations, educators and scientists. Sitting next to you are donors, philanthropists, scientists, technology leaders and people who understand how to talk to youth.”

The conference was put together through a partnership with will.i.am and Intel and is part of will.i.am’s overarching goal to transform the Boyle Heights neighborhood in lost Angeles, where he grew up.

The rapper recently launched i.am boyle heights, a new effort for transformation of the East Los Angeles community.