May 17, 2013 by hallyd
This July a Digital summer camp is being run in London – this looks like a great event fro students and teachers – the aim of the event is to ignite passion for computing and digital skills in ‘hotshot entrepeneurs’ aged 9-18. The press release from them gives more information:
Tech City, East London, home to over 1,340 tech companies hacking, building and making cutting-edge digital products and innovations is to host a Digital Summer Camp http://digitalsummercamp.com/, 10th – 11th – 12th July 2013 set to ignite a passion for computing in 3,000 hot shot technology entrepreneurs aged 9-18 keen to create their own digital products and to learn from the world’s best programmers and digital producers. Supporters include The Mayor of London’s Office, Pearson, The British Computer Society, The Big Society and Tech City Investment Organisation.
Helping schools and young people learn important skills, shape their digital futures and champion innovation, this new three day event will take place in the centre of this explosive digital community at Hackney Community College (HCC). One of London’s leading Further Education institutions, the college is situated in a safe and secure gated environment just minutes from Old Street tube station.
Aspiring digital natives will be given the opportunity to learn from dozens of participating businesses. They’ll be shown how to code, build their own computer game, design the next flash or HTML5 web sensation, create an app with the potential to storm the charts, film the next hit viral video, learn how to use a 3D printer or programme a robot to jam to their own digital dance track.
Firmly footed in Science, Technology Engineering and Maths skills (STEM) this event is also designed to support wider digital ‘arts’ such as digital video, audio and design as well as providing advice for routes to careers, apprenticeships and entrepreneurship.
Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “The Digital Summer Camp will provide a great launch-pad for the technology leaders of the future, helping them to enhance the competitive edge of London’s Tech City and building its reputation as a place where local talent can thrive. Not only will it help London’s whizz kids fulfil their dreams of becoming tech entrepreneurs, through the Apprenticeships Pavilion it will encourage more businesses in the capital to give young people the chance to get their careers off to a flying start.”
Digital Summer Camp is supporting the teaching of digital skills in young people by offering £50,000 worth of free tickets to companies and organisations keen to invite their own school networks, hoping to engage up to 10,000 Greater London students and educators. With over 100+ exhibitors showcasing the best interactive games, apps, digital displays and effects, attendees will engage in hands-on digital workshops, meet leading digital entrepreneurs and hone their digital skills, and explore digital careers and apprenticeships.
Commenting on the Digital Summer Camp, Event Organiser, Edward Baker, said, “My vision is to create a digital playground in which every school in is invited. If Britain is to gain long-term economic stability it’s essential that our schools start producing a digitally skilled workforce. Students and educators will be invited to attend hands-on digital workshops, test innovative new gadgets and learning technologies, enter competitions to win brilliant prizes and gain exposure to the inner workings of the digital space. ”
“The UK digital economy is growing 2% faster than any other sector; to support this growth, we need to develop digital talent but also we must enable educators – helping them to understand the new technology landscape. The UK excels in producing award winning computer games, digital video and digital audio artists; Digital Summer Camp is designed to connect these companies with schools and students – and to engage the blooming Tech City ecosystem.
Our mission is to not only to find the next Mark Zuckerberg but uncover the next Dizzee Rascal, Danny Boyle or Nick D’Aloisio1!”
Opening times: 9am-6pm.10-11-12th July 2013. Tickets cost £10 (early bird tickets are available at £5 if purchased before June 10th). To register click on: www.digitalsummercamp.com/tickets
This really does look like a great event – if you are looking to go along – please mention this blog to receive a discount code.
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Tech City figures from http://www.techcitymap.com/index.html
Nick D’Aloisio, 17, recently netted £20m from Yahoo, for his App Summly
SPECIAL DIGITAL ZONES INCLUDE:
The ‘Apprenticeship & Work Experience Pavilion’ supported by the Mayor of London
More than 200 of London’s leading business leaders will be coming down to the Digital Summer Camp to explore how the National Apprenticeships Programme can work for their business. Students are invited to explore the Apprenticeship & Work Experience Pavilion and meet companies who can help them secure their dream jobs (and explore how to use digital skills in future careers).
Whole School Hack supported by Pearson
Situated inside Hackney Community College is Hackney UTC – a secondary academy, that is being taken over by the Digital Summer Camp team running a 3x day ‘hackathon’ event where students and educators work together to devise and develop new ideas for digital products.
Innovation Zone supported by Tech City Investment Organisation
The Innovation Zone welcomes Tech City’s leading digital companies down to the campus to engage the audience and share their experience and expertise. A number of Tech City’s hottest start-up tech companies will camp out and inspire the next generation by sharing advice and providing inspiration as well as demonstrating first-hand the products they’ve developed.
Digital Leaders Zone
Hackney Community College’s huge, sunken amphitheatre will be transformed into a state of the art interactive presentation zone. Each morning visitors will start their day with an induction, and in the afternoon, some of Europe’s leading digital experts, digital entrepreneurs and role models will share their own digital skills and experiences.
Digital Village http://digitalsummercamp.com/workshops
Hackney Community College’s huge indoor sports hall will be converted into a ‘Digital Village’ with eight distinct arenas including Digital Music; Digital Film Making; Computer Games; Computer Science and App Design; Digital Design and Animation; Punk Science and Digital Printing; Digital Careers and Entrepreneurs; Content Creation for Web and also Hardware and Robotics.
Situated in the middle of the Digital Summer Camp, ‘Central Square’ is a networking hotspot, designed to help digital communities establish themselves and help students connect to their digital future.
Located around the perimeter of the campus will be thirty exhibition spaces for the digital and education community, universities and colleges to demo their new technologies, test new ideas and approaches and share their skills and experience.
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