EVENT: Future Tech City – Saturday November 30th 10am at BRIT School

By - Monday 4th November, 2013

On Saturday 30th November, Croydon Tech City will be holding its first Future Tech City event – a drive to get a Code Club into every primary school in Croydon.


Future Tech City is a free event specifically for Croydon’s school teachers, headteachers and governors to learn more about Code Club and how it is successfully teaching 9-11 year olds the fundamentals of computer coding and logic. There are currently twelve active Code Clubs in Croydon’s primary schools delivering high-quality, free extracurricular classes led by local volunteer software developers. But Croydon Tech City wants to empower every primary school in the borough to have one: there are already 1,300+ classes across other parts of the UK!

On Saturday 30th November at 10am, over the course of three hours, you will learn:

  • Examples of tech and coding skills and their application
  • Why young people should learn coding skills
  • How Croydon Tech City could deliver a Code Club in your primary school

Speakers on the day include:

John O’Donovan (CTO, Financial Times)

John is a Croydon resident and Chief Technical Officer at The Financial Times where he leads the FT’s technology strategy.

Matt Gaunt (Chrome Developer Advocate, Google)

Matt is a Developer Advocate at Google where he works to help software developers build cool products for the Chrome web browser.

Debbie Foster (Managing Director, Apps For Good)

Debbie is a former head teacher, an American ex-pat and a Managing Director at Apps For Good where young people learn to create apps to change their world.

Emma Mulqueeny (Founder, Young Rewired State)

Emma is the Founder of Young Rewired State – an organisation that nurtures and educates software developers that are 18 and under

Theo Blackwell (Camden Labour Party councillor)

Theo is a councillor for Camden Labour Party and a vocal supporter of promoting technology skills to empower the next generation.

Linda Sandvik (Founder, Code Club)

Linda is the mastermind behind Code Club, a nationwide volunteer scheme to teach coding to 9-11 year olds across the UK.


Paul Barnett (Founder, ICUK)

Paul is the Purley-based founder of ICUK, a multi-million pound software and website hosting company.

Nigel Dias (Co-Founder, Croydon Tech City)

Nigel is part of Croydon Tech City; an organisation and community that is seeking to make Croydon ‘the Silicon Valley of South London’.

Email Croydon Tech City to attend and spread the word!

If you are a primary teacher/head/governor who would like to attend – or if you’re a secondary school teacher who would like to attend the event to discuss programming for older age groups – with your name and school.If you aren’t, but know someone who is – please pass on this event to them!

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