Teen Tech - rubbing shoulders with the future Mark Zuckerbergs

19/07/2012

Winner of 'Best Overall App' with Maggie Philbin, Gill Birchmore and Josh Oldham

Technophobia marketing team, Victoria Wood, Niki Davies and Gill Birchmore enjoyed a great day at the races with a difference recently.  Technophobia was invited to take part in Teen Tech.

Founded by Science broadcaster Maggie Philbin and Chris Dodson, Chairman of the Institute of Directors (South); TeenTech CIC run lively one day events to help young teenagers see the wide range of career possibilities in Science, Engineering and Technology, and was delivered in Doncaster by Business and Education South Yorkshire.

The event, that was held in the splendid setting of Doncaster Racecourse, included hands-on interactive demonstrations and experiences which are relevant, up to date and alert young people not only to the career opportunities that exist in their region, but to the skills they need to equip them for an exciting and  well paid future.

The day was attended by 300 students, aged between 12 and 13, from schools around the local area.  Josh Oldham, a young app developer at Freedom Apps, and Gill were invited to facilitate three one-hour ‘App for good’ development workshops.

The students’ level of participation was certainly inspiring to see, as were the skills they applied to their task including; great teamwork; innovation; design; marketing and presentation.  Having participated in workshops myself; the students at the event could certainly hold their own against their more mature counterparts.

The groups came up with some great app ideas including; ‘Track My Dog’ – a great game featuring a pet tracker; ‘Car Check’ - that interfaced with a car’s onboard computer system to look at car safety; ‘iPAL’ - a geo-location based friend finding social platform; and several music and fashion related apps. 

The prize for ‘Best App Overall’, sponsored by Technophobia, went to Fir Vale School (picture above with Maggie Philbin, Gill Birchmore and Josh Oldham) for their app – ‘Full Stop!’  The app, which they presented with style and gusto, was a based on the idea of a game that allowed you to write and co-create a magazine with your friends. 

We hope the day provided the students some insight into the career opportunities available within the digital and technology sectors and that they might consider these as options for their obvious talents and enthusiasm.

From Technophobia’s perspective, it was a privilege to spend the day with such bright young minds and we hopefully look forward to working with them in the future.

More images from the day can be seen on flickr.

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