At the last Naace conference, Vanessa Pittard (Department of Education) stressed just how important technology is to UK growth:
- That the UK IT industry is predicted to grow at 2.19% p/a to 2019 (5 x faster than average in UK!)
- That there will be 500K new entrants into this sector in the next five years
- And that US businesses are 8.5% more productive than those in UK, almost all of which down to IT
The next TechHeads event focuses on the hot topic of computing science and digital literacy, and explores the importance of digital skills to UK PLC.
We've invited some of the UK's leading edtech and coding start-ups, to explore this swiftly changing landscape and examine the opportunity for companies to develop tools for the digital classroom.
From coding to games-based learning, video tutoring to the flipped classroom, come and meet some of the UK's leading startups and education entrepreneurs.
Member Showcase / Speakers:
CoderDojo is a global collaboration providing free and open learning to young people, especially in programming technology.
Lindsay Macvean is a young entrepreneur and volunteer at CoderDojo, who will be joined by CoderDojo's Founder (Serial Entrepreneur, Bill Liao) via a live Skype link up from Ireland!
Decoded run workshops designed to teach anyone to code in a day.
Co-Founder, Ali Blackwell is a passionate educator, coder, and tech evangelist. He regularly features in the media exploring how to engage young people with coding.
AppShed is intuitive flexible platform that enables anyone to build content-based web apps that work on any smartphone and native multi-platform.
Co-Founder & CEO, Torsten Stauch will explore how AppShed is engaging the education market and look at opportunities for edtech startups.
Run by Martin Saunders, Computing++ main goal is to facilitate computer science in becoming a main stream subject in primary and secondary schools by 2014. Martin is an entrepreneur and tech evangelist that works with the British Computer Society, Computing and Schools Programme.
5. CDI Apps For Good
Iris Lapinski runs CDI Apps for Good, an award-winning education movement where young people in schools learn to create apps that solve problems they care about and change their world.
From a modest start in 2 centres, 2 teachers and 50 students in 2010, by September 2012 CDI Apps for Good has grown exponentially to 100 schools across the UK with more than 250 teachers delivering courses to 5,000+ 13-18 year olds.
Iris will be speaking about the latest developments CDI Apps For Good is making in the education space.
6. Young Rewired State
Young Rewired State is the philanthropic arm of Rewired State and is a network of software developers and designers aged 18 and under.
Its primary focus is to find and foster the young children and teenagers who are driven to teaching themselves how to code, how to program the world around them. This is a mighty challenge though well-supported with free tutorials online, but inevitably an isolating and solitary activity.
Founder, Emma Mulqueeny will be exploring how YRS is engaging schools and raising digital skills.
Followed by Panel Discussion and Networking drinks.
Looking forward to seeing you!
The TechHeads team