Future Tech City Launch 2017: an event for Croydon’s teachers, parents and technologists


By - Tuesday 21st February, 2017

Jonny Rose invites you to join his team of Future Tech-nologists


A 2016 Future Tech City event at Croydon College.
Photo by Chantal Schonbachler, used with permission.

Since its inception in 2012, Croydon Tech City has been focused on the objective of democratising tech skills and opportunities to the Croydon community: lowering the barriers to access so that young and old alike can participate and benefit from Croydon’s tech boom.

Across the country there is a growing requirement for young people to have adequate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) skills to enter the workforce and enjoy a well-paying and stimulating career. However, we can’t expect government policy and schools to magically make this happen by themselves – we all need to contribute.

Having grown to a community of over six thousand venture capitalists, startup founders, software developers, business owners and creatives, and with Croydon now the UK’s fastest-growing economy because of our tech ecosystem, now is the time to redouble efforts to enable the next generation of Croydonians to reap the benefits of Croydon’s tech boom.

The 2017 Future Tech City Launch

On Monday 13th March, at 5pm at TMRW – Croydon Tech City invites all local primary and secondary schools, tech volunteers and parents to its 2017 Future Tech City Launch.

At the event, attendees will have the opportunity to hear talks and receive training from:

  • Code Club – Outlining how Code Club and CTC can support (for free) primary school teachers to deliver STEM skills
  • STEMETTES – A UK organisation that encourages young girls to pursue STEM courses
  • BBC Microbit – Learn about the BBC’s initiative to give away a free pocket-sized computer to every Year 7 age pupil in the UK
  • Teach First – Discussing how they are preparing graduates to deliver extracurricular STEM curriculum in primary and secondary schools
  • CTC Apprenticeships – We will announce how Croydon Tech City and our business community can support you find work experience/apprenticeships for your students

Attendees will also have the opportunity to meet with all of the education support providers above and also Croydon Tech City tech specialists to support theirr understanding of the tech industry in general.

The aim of the event is to:

  • Identify schools that want the above education providers to come in and provide free STEM support and opportunities to pupils and teachers
  • Find volunteers from the Croydon community to support the delivery of STEM skills to Croydon children through our various extra-curricular programmes
  • Find tech businesses that are willing to provide work experience or apprenticeships to Croydon teens

Do you think that you fit the bill?

If you are an interested teacher, parent, governor, business owner or technologist that wants to contribute to the Future Tech City effort, please register to attend our launch here.

Jonny Rose

Jonny Rose

Jonny Rose is a committed Christian who has lived in the Croydon area for nearly twenty years. He is an active participant in his local community, serving at Grace Vineyard Church and organising Purley Breakfast Club, and was ranked "Croydon's 37th most powerful person" by the Croydon Advertiser (much to his amusement). He is the Head of Content at marketing technology company Idio, the founder of the Croydon Tech City movement, a LinkedIn coach, and creator of Croydon's first fashion label, Croydon Vs The World. Working on Instagram training and a Linkedin lead generation service. Views are his own, but it would be best for all concerned if you shared them. Please send your fanmail to: jonnyrose1 (at) gmail (dot) com

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