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New Tech for Good Meet Up! Making the Makers, young people and digital making

  • Mar 16, 2015 · 6:30 PM

February blues getting you down?  Still disappointed they never made the Thundercats film?  FEAR NOT! It’s time for the next #techforgood! 

We’re being hosted by the fabulous Kano in their offices in Whitechapel. Join us for inspiring talks, amazing people and obscurely titled hipster beer.  We’re bringing together people who are supporting the next generation of digital makers. Whether coders, hackers, hardware nuts or fixers, we’ll be hearing from the organisations who are supporting young people to develop digital making skills to change the world. 

We’re lucky enough to have:

Alejandro Simon - Head of Software at Kano. As Kano’s first employee he’s seen it all.  From packing the first Kano boxes through to their global expansion.  Alejandro’s sharing his insights into how to build a global tech company whose mission is to give young people a simple, fun way to make and play with technology, and take control of the world around them.

Bethany Koby - Co founder and Director of the almighty Technology Will Save Us. Technology Will Save Us make DIY kits and resources so young people can learn skills, make cool things and begin their own journey as a tech maker. They are also awesome. Bethany will be taking us through her founders journey and sharing lessons we can all learn a lot from

Dr Chris Thorpe - Co founder of I Can Make -  I Can Make sells fun, educational content for your 3D printer. Downloading their files means young people in and out of school can make iconic objects and learn about them while creating their own models. Chris is sharing his knowledge and experience from building a start up after his previous experience as CTO of Moshi Monsters and helping set up GDS.

Ursula Davies - Managing Director at Makerversity, a community of maker businesses based at Somerset House. Ursula has forged partnerships with organisations such as Prince's Trust and Pearson to design hands on learning programmes for young people. Makerversity also provides DIY lessons for educators, giving them the tools and lesson plans for learning through making.

Huge thanks to Kano for hosting us.  If you are working with young people and technology, interested in this area or working in edtech you should come down, drink the beer (or soft drinks), soak up the wisdom and share your own :) 

These meet ups are always sold out so get in quick! 

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  • Sandra G.

    Fantastic talks, well organised, nice location... next time count me in!

    March 20, 2015

  • JeremyC

    Hi We are looking for people to help debug this little game: www.sufw.org.uk/dames - great if anyone likes it and can help! TY

    March 20, 2015

  • Becky T.

    Great to meet you all! Will be following up but if we didn't chat you can find us on www.leyscdi.co.uk x

    March 17, 2015

  • kieron k.

    Thanks again everyone for making last night such a great event. Here's a blog with a few reflections on the event, feel free to add yours! http://www.nominettrust.org.uk/node/2085

    March 17, 2015

  • Jessica

    Thanks everyone for a great night! If you missed out we've done a bit of a storify summary for you here: http://bethnalgreenventures.com/2015/03/17/making-the-makers-young-people-and-digital-making-at-the-latest-techforgood-meetup/
    Look forward to seeing you at the next meetup!

    March 17, 2015

  • Aris

    What a bloody great event. Excellent speakers and fascinating projects. Plus, the whole thing fit together really darn well. Can't wait for the next one.

    1 · March 17, 2015

  • Wendy L.

    Really enjoyed last night thanks to the speakers
    Also spoke to several people about our next #TechDay event
    It's a free event for young digital makers with lots of hand on sessions it'd be great if you could come down Technology Will Save Us, Kano, CoderDojo, Engduino and more will be running sessions https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/techday-tickets-15993329479
    Just register here
    Thanks

    1 · March 17, 2015

  • Mark J.

    Great! Nice people and interesting speakers.

    1 · March 16, 2015

  • Sidd B.

    Hi all, some people came up to me after my community announcement for NetSquared London asking for further details. Please visit our meetup site: http://www.meetup.com/netsquaredlondon/events/220924772/

    The next event is a Website Surgery for Charities on March 31st at ThoughtWorks in SoHo. Please spread the word and sign up for future events! Thanks :)
    Sidd

    1 · March 16, 2015

  • Wasim

    Sounds very cool, I'll be there at 6.30

    March 16, 2015

  • Sarah B.

    Very excited for this event - a very nice line up of speakers to spark inspiration for the week!

    March 15, 2015

  • kieron k.

    Great news everyone. Alejandro from Kano has managed to secure us the larger space so we can up the numbers, still same address and everything, just more room for more of you brilliant people!

    March 12, 2015

  • Diana S.

    Event looks really interesting! Particularly excited by the products at Kano. I quickly wanted to share info for our Intello Office Hours, a free 1:1 session for any startup to access advice on finance and strategy topics. The Intello Consultants are available to discuss topics ranging from: business plans, financial models, pitch decks, market research strategies and more. If interested, feel free to check out the link for details: www.intelloconsulting.com/office-hours See you all soon, Diana

    March 6, 2015

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