May 2021 While some of us Gen Xers and Boomers are still trying to navigate the ever-evolving apps and digital platforms being developed at expeditious rates, three high school juniors are blazing their own paths in the 21st century, having developed an employment recruitment software that may revolutionize the way that recruiters seek the best candidates for their companies. Meet a Future Fortune 500 Team Zionsville resident Isaiah \u201cIzzy\u201d Branam is a junior at Zionsville Community High School (ZCHS). Branam and his fellow team members, Krishna Thiru and Emma Hamilton\u2014both juniors at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School\u2014have created an employment recruitment software dubbed Foundational Interview Analytics (FIA) with an 85% success rate that relies on artificial intelligence (AI) using complex algorithms. Branam explained that FIA \u201caids talent acquisition teams in the hiring process by using predictive machine learning algorithms to rate, rank and sort applicants in terms of predicted job fit.\u201d The trio\u2019s innovation led them to winning first place at Innovate WithIN, an entrepreneurship competition, on April 30. And the team is preparing to compete against other teams at the state-level competition on June 19. The three young entrepreneurs plan on launching their beta test in July. Branam\u2014a natural salesman\u2014founded his first business in the 7th grade. \u201cI\u2019ve been founding little businesses since the 7th grade, but I\u2019ve always been that kid selling candy, chips and sunglasses on the playground,\u201d Branam shared. \u201cGetting into e-commerce and digital marketing was really exciting for me because I got to take all of this passion for business and wanting to be an entrepreneur and start creating a network of other entrepreneurs and like-minded people. I\u2019m really excited to work on this project\u2014it\u2019s kind of the next progression in my journey.\u201d Participating in two sports, developing FIA and managing life as juniors in high school, both Thiru and Hamilton are mastering the art of the life\/work balance. \u201cI do cross-country and track, which takes up a lot of my time,\u201d Thiru shared. \u201cI do enjoy it because I have a great team, and when I\u2019m not with my team, I\u2019m with my team. All of these pieces of knowledge that each of us has from the activities that we do outside of our daily lives has allowed us to come together and build FIA. I\u2019ve learned a lot from building an investment portfolio\u2014my dad really got me into investing\u2014and from starting a music production company. I learned that revenue growth is the first thing you want to look for in a company and things like that.\u201d Hamilton plays varsity soccer and tennis. When she\u2019s not assisting with the development of FIA, she is also her school\u2019s junior class president. \u201cI took an entrepreneurship class as an elective because when I\u2019m an adult, I would really like to be an entrepreneur and do something with a business degree. I also enjoy building investment portfolios. This is actually the first big business project that I\u2019ve done. I really like being a part of this group and have learned so much from Izzy and Krishna. It\u2019s been a really cool and fun experience.\u201d The FIA team has partnered with coders from Carmel High School to assist in the development of the back end of their software. Introducing the \u201cAI Assistant to Human Resources\u201d \u201cWe take the data of an existing workforce, and take everything from their education, experience, personality traits and psychological sciences of each employee of the existing workforce and run them through this machine-learning program to determine the \u2018best\u2019 employees,\u201d Branam explained. \u201cThe algorithms can be incredibly long and complex.\u201d Hamilton added, \u201cThe term \u2018best employee\u2019 is very subjective because the best employee for one company is not necessarily going to be the best employee for another. One of the main reasons we decided to go down this path with the AI software is because too often in business\u2014and there\u2019s been a lot of research on this over the last five years\u2014employers tend to hire people that look and sound more like the interviewer, but that doesn\u2019t necessarily mean that you\u2019re going to work best together.\u201d The team has met with talent acquisition teams from some of Indiana\u2019s largest companies,such as Cummins, Cook Medical Group, Rolls Royce and Purdue University, to identify \u201cpain points\u201d in their hiring processes. Thiru emphasized that FIA eliminates the unconscious or conscious bias, ultimately creating a more equitable application process for potential new hires. \u201cWe talked with the talent acquisitions lady at Cook Medical , and she was excited that not only would it cut down on the time needed to sort out applicants, but companies like Cook are trying to remove the bias from the system,\u201d Thiru stated. \u201cAnd she was excited about the objectiveness and how it removes the bias in the system.\u201d Branam concluded, \u201cHiring hasn\u2019t seen innovation in the way that maybe marketing has. There\u2019s recruitment software out there that we will absolutely compete with, but you probably can\u2019t name any of them. We\u2019re hitting three birds with one stone. We\u2019re helping companies be more efficient, more effective and more equitable.\u201d Interested in participating in FIA\u2019s beta testing or becoming an investor in FIA? Visit the website at fiarecruit.com.