ANNOUNCEMENT: Future Tech City


By - Monday 14th October, 2013

#Croydon #TechCity co-founder Nigel Dias unveils the movement’s biggest plans to date to foster Croydon’s future technical talent

 


The delivery of tech and STEM education is not only crucial to the long term education and careers of children, but is crucial to the success of the UK economy. Studies show that the future demand for tech skills far outweighs the current supply from the labour markets. If a longer term plan to create a pipeline for these types of skill groups is not designed and implemented, Britain will find itself less competitive as a tech industry, and even worse, risks wasting the current appetite for tech and the economic benefits associated with it.

On the plus side, there is now national awareness for this issue and strategies are being put in place to make changes to the curriculum. However, these changes are undermined by the sheer speed at which the technology industry evolves, and teachers are under pressure to deliver an education around increasingly complex topics – topics which have changed over the last five years, and are likely to change again over the next five years.

We are proud to announce that Future Tech City will kick off by hosting the borough’s largest tech education event

To try to solve this issue in Croydon, Croydon Tech City is pleased to announce the launch of Future Tech City. With the sole purpose of increasing discussion around tech education (for all ages), FTC aims to engage with local schools, local and national technology companies of all sizes, and education professionals, to try to find solutions to these problems. Additionally, FTC will continue to champion ongoing extracurricular tech programmes in the borough, such as our ongoing work with Code Club, as well as beginning to work with Apps for Good and more.

We are therefore proud to announce that Future Tech City will kick off by hosting the borough’s largest tech education event, held in association with The BRIT School, on 30th November. Courtesy of the fantastic support of local MPs Gavin Barwell, Richard Ottaway and Steve Reed, attendees from all local schools are invited to a morning of talks and panels by leading tech education advocates. Speakers on the day include founders from Code ClubApps for GoodYoung Rewired State, public sector figures from other boroughs already attempting this, as well as technology executives from local and international tech firms and national media.

All primary schools in the borough should have received invites courtesy of their local MP, however if you need more information – or if you’re a secondary school teacher who would like to attend the event to discuss programming for older age groups – you can email us at .

Nigel Dias

Nigel Dias

Nigel Dias (@nigeld27) is the co-founder of Croydon Tech City (@croydontechcity) and Managing Director of 3n Strategy (www.3nstrategy.com).

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