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Simon Cowell, will.i.am 'to find next Bill Gates in Tech Factor'

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Simon Cowell and will.i.am have reportedly joined forces to create a new technology-themed X Factor-style project.

The X Factor and Voice UK rivals are said to have met up in Los Angeles to brainstorm about a new show to find the next Bill Gates or Steve Jobs.

Simon Cowell: 'The X Factor' USA season two promo image

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Will.i.am and Cheryl Cole
leave Scott's restaurant in Mayfair after having dinner together
London, England

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"We're working on a project called X Factor for Tech - and it's going to be out of this world," will.i.am told The Sun.

"Singing and performance create a couple of jobs. But this will create lots.

"It's about getting in touch with youth and giving them a platform to express themselves - whether that's in science or mathematics."

The rapper - who is also the innovation director for Intel - has previously spoken about a new technology programme, saying that he hoped it may become the new American Idol for young technical-minded people.

He added of his meeting with Cowell: "Simon's cool. We had a wicked dinner a couple of weeks ago and it was very nice."

Cowell had previously teamed up with Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith for a DJ-themed talent show, but the plans have reportedly been scrapped.

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