In this analogical story, there are Natives and Immigrants. As it relates to our world today, the immigrants are all people not raised in the digital age. The Natives are all people raised in the digital age (Millennials and generations to follow). Below is the story, and the main reason 2717 came into existence.
Imagine a New World, and imagine this world has native people living in it. If there is a New World, inherently there must be an Old World. The natives of the Old World have discovered the wonders of this New World and have embarked on a journey to inhabit it. As the older and more established civilization, the people of the Old World take over the New World even though the Old World people are now immigrants in the New World. The New World natives accept this in order to further their own society and civilization, and the New World natives and immigrants live in peace.
This peace does not last long. The immigrants try to speak the language of the natives and learn to live the way the natives do, but it is impossible. The immigrants are stuck in the Old World’s ways and can only adapt so much. Over time, thanks to the growth of their knowledge and culture, the natives learn that the immigrants can no longer help them. In fact, the immigrants’ general way of life, thought, and culture is inhibiting any further growth of the natives’ own way of life, thought, and culture.
After pleading with the immigrants for years to change and learn their ways, the natives decide they must make a drastic change: To break free from the immigrants and regain control of their world. This change will allow the New World and its natives to reach heights that were never thought possible outside of fantasy. And these heights would never be possible if not for the immigrants and their own wisdom. But alas, the time has come that the natives have an understanding for what their future holds, and that future is bright. The immigrants try to understand this future, but have no ability to truly perceive it and how to reach it. The natives gather together at first in small groups to make small changes throughout the society, and in time these small changes become large drastic changes that bring about a great revolution. The immigrants no longer have full control, and the natives have achieved the future they dreamt of.
This is our story. This is happening today, and has been happening for roughly 50 years. The generation known as “millennials” are the natives of this “New World” otherwise known as the digital age. The first generation to be born into this era in which digital technology is all around them and a massive part of their lives. All generations prior to the millennials are the immigrants of the “Old World.” Humanity is in the midst of a potentially massive revolution, and most of us have no idea that it is happening. All the fantasies of the super technological societies we see in movies are very real, and very close. The problem though, is that the foundation on which we are currently trying to build these “New World” fantasies was built by the “Old World” and does not support the dreams of the New World natives. The entire perspective on how to achieve the future we dream of is flawed because it is being designed by people who do not even realize their foundation is flawed, let alone how to change it.
Why, if we have all this incredible technology, does everyone still complain about not having signal? Not being able to connect with the world whenever and wherever we please? We are told repeatedly that we have the fastest, strongest technology possible by companies all over the world. And yet, we still struggle to do what we feel should be rather easy tasks for such superior technologies. The problem is the foundation. Much like if you were to build a home on stone versus sand, which will last? Surely the more solid foundation of stone. No matter how beautiful and advanced the architecture and details of the home were, if the sand blows away the home will fall as well. The same applies for today's technology. The foundational systems our beloved technology operates on is flawed and will not be able to give people what they desire from our new and still improving technologies.
The ability for a large venue to operate their POS, IPTVs, security cameras, cellular & WiFi networks, apps for fans/attendees, etc. collectively is hindered by the foundational system(s) they are all running on. If the IoT is to meet its true potential, if 5G is to be the revolutionary network it is claimed to be, the foundation on which they operate and function must be changed to best support them. The current way said systems are designed and implemented is outdated. That is why owners of these systems are constantly going through the "rip and replace" process. That should not be the market norm. Owners of these systems should be able to put in a system that can adapt to the future and be prepared for where today's technologies are headed.
This is where 2717 comes in, and this is why we are here. The answer to the problem is not to give the natives full control now that they think they know what to do just because they figured out where they want to go. Nor is the answer to leave full control in the hands of the immigrants, because they can’t possibly understand the true potential of the world they now inhabit. 2717 is built on the idea of challenging conventional thought and ideas. 2717 is made up of “immigrant” industry leaders with several decades of combined experience and knowledge, as well as “native” millennials that have a great understanding of the future they dream of and how to get there. This combination of thought gives 2717 an opportunity that few people and few companies have; to make real change and help spark a revolution. Though we may not be the ones to get all the glory of “starting a revolution,” we may very well do enough to spark something in the industry that sets off a wild fire of change.
The market is changing, and the individual technologies are already here and ready for that change. But the change will only meet its full potential if the foundation on which the technologies collectively operate changes as well.