Tech City, 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. Sponsors 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.
Commenting on the event, 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, but through the Apprenticeships Pavilion it will also 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. 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 to 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
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