The COVID-19 pandemic has created new challenges for academic institutions. While many have been able to successfully make the switch to a digital learning environment, countless still struggle. This panel brought together teachers, students, and entrepreneurs from around the world to discuss how academic systems need to adapt to support the ever-changing environment. This begins an approach that ensures students are empowered in and outside of the classroom. One way this can be accomplished is by incorporating technology into the curriculum in informative and enjoyable ways.