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About Us

Working Towards a Better Future

This summer, we came up with an idea that creates opportunities for students to be in an environment full of spurring innovation and creative thinking. Here at Innovation Towards the Future, we offer several competitions that cover art, technology, engineering, and writing. Competitions are a great way for people to discover who they are in the world and learn from others in a constructive environment, and by creating these, we can inspire more and more people to become bright innovators. After all, each generation has an impact on the world, and we would like to maximize that impact.


Our Leaders

Coming together from five different schools with a wide variety of experiences, our highly motivated team members are the backbone of Innovation Towards the Future. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization as it continues to develop. Read on to learn more about our incredible team members.


Carolyn Tang

Co-founder & Executive President

Carolyn Tang has been a Maryland state board officer of the Junior Classical League for the past two years, specializing in classics such as Latin. Carolyn has also been a student coach for the Odyssey of the Mind team. Other leadership roles she holds include the president of the National Art Honor Society club, viola section leader, and yearbook editor in school. Being an avid violist, Carolyn has played viola in the Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras for four years, is a member of the Tri-M Honor Society. She was also selected to be in Maryland’s All-State Orchestra. Outside of music, she is a member of the National Honor Society and Science National Honor Society. Carolyn has a passion for art and the classics, and her hobbies include drawing, artistic design, and playing lacrosse.


Ivan Zhang


Hi everyone! I’m Ivan Zhang, the secretary here at Innovation Towards the Future. I’m looking forward to helping out in the organization and using my experience in management to answer your inquiries. I’ve acted as a team leader in an IEEE Robotics Team, as well as an assistant captain in an Odyssey of the Mind competition. Some pastimes that I enjoy are coding with Java, playing/modding video games, reading and writing stories, and playing the trumpet and piano. I’ve had some experience in attending contests and events, and I’m willing to use that expertise to make your Innovation Towards the Future experience as good as possible. I’ll help running some of the events here and remember, always progress, and always move forward!


Steven Wang


Hello, my name is Steven Wang. I’m a  treasurer at Innovation Towards the Future. I am looking forward to bringing my experience managing budgets from Odyssey of the Mind’s “Creative Solutions” competition. In my free time, I enjoy playing video games, spending time with friends (via video calls of course), experimenting with stop motion animation, and making cardboard toys. I like making toys out of cardboard because it gives me a chance to experiment with mechanisms. I play saxophone in the Potomac Valley Youth Orchestra as well, and I play the piano. I will help running some of the events in the competitions as well. Make your project creative!

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Adam Tang

Co-founder & Executive President

Adam Tang enjoys learning about new things and generating ideas. He is a board member in the Montgomery County SMOB Advisory Council and the Montgomery County Junior Council. He is also the president of the Student Government Association and a co-founder of the Environmental Club at school. In addition, he is the team captain of an Odyssey of the Mind team and was able to lead the team to achieve 6th place in World Finals. His past rewards include a High Honor Award for the John Hopkins’ Talent Search, Creative Thinker’s award, and OMER award for extraordinary talent and skills. He is fervent about innovation, especially when it is a time that people can collaborate to make the world a better place. As for music, he has played bassoon in Maryland Classic Youth Orchestra for three years and was selected to perform in All-State Band. He continues to practice it to expand his musicality. He is a problem solver and enjoys using his skills to benefit his community. Through this organization, he aims to inspire others to expand their creativity, as future generations are the key to advancing the scientific field and innovation.


Owen Garland

Advertising & Fundraising

Owen has participated in FLL for 3 years, founded a successful small business. Some of his favorite hobbies are reading, soccer, mountain biking, coding, and video games. He knows python, java, HTML, and CSS.