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Two-day tech festival is aimed at wizards and wannabes

Step into Tech aims to help youngsters interested technology to find out more about the industry. Picture: Claire Riseborough

Step into Tech aims to help youngsters interested technology to find out more about the industry. Picture: Claire Riseborough

Claire Riseborough

Tech wizards and newbies alike will take on challenges set by industry giants at a two-day festival.

Talking Technology 2017 conference at The Space. Claire Riseborough from Step into Tech.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYTalking Technology 2017 conference at The Space. Claire Riseborough from Step into Tech. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Young people aged between eight and 18 will be invited to Norwich’s first Youth Techathon, a two-day event which will be held at the Norwich School next month.

It will see children compete in teams, helped by expert mentors, to come up with their own solutions to problems set by well-known names including Microsoft.

It is organised by Step into Tech, which was founded by Claire Riseborough after she struggled to find a social outlet for her son James, 13, to explore his interest in technology with children of his own age.

It comes off the back of government reports highlighting national digital skills shortages.

She said: “It was hard to find a club or any activity that would suit his level and at the same time give him the environment to meet new friends.

“I think it is fairly clear that James is on the path to a career in tech and there is a need for me as a parent to understand more about what opportunities there are in the sector, because if parents and teachers don’t understand the diverse world of technology then we won’t be able to point children in the right direction and support them.”

The sessions are now well-attended by like-minded young people and the community interest company has gone from strength to strength.

Ms Riseborough added: “Technology is going to be a huge part of our children’s futures, whether a child is going to become a technology expert – where the UK faces a serious skills gap – or simply living and working in a world where technology is everywhere.”

The event, which will be held on April 12 to 13, is being supported by lead sponsor Aviva, local financial advisers Almary Green and Microsoft, 
along with other firms from the city’s tech community.

Tickets for the event cost £10 and include lunch, snacks and refreshments on both days.

For more information, visit www.stepintotechathon.org

Do you have an education story we should be writing about? Let us know by emailing lauren.cope@archant.co.uk

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