The annual awards hosted in London at the end of every school year has become synonymous with the Apps for Good course and gives students an exciting end goal in the form of competition with other schools. It’s a great way to celebrate the success of all our students’ hard work. However, we get hundreds of applications to the awards every year and the quality of the work makes it very difficult to decide who we shortlist and bring to London for the event. We want to celebrate the hard work Apps for Good students put into their projects as often and as widely as possible.
Last year we hosted our first ever event in Scotland which was rewarding for everyone involved. Off the back of that success, we’re bringing back the Scottish event again this year to give more student teams the opportunity to showcase their inspirational ideas for tech products. The Scottish celebration will take place in Edinburgh on 23rd February.
More regional events are a great opportunity for our communities to all come together, connect and enjoy the passion and energy students have for their projects. They are also a unique opportunity for students to take part in a variety of skills workshops led by members of our inspiring community of experts who volunteer their time to deliver exciting activities. These sessions aim to bridge the gap between the classroom and the real world of work and offer students the chance to learn skills which will be useful as they move from education into employment.
As we begin to broaden the reach of our course and the localities of the schools who deliver Apps for Good content, we will hold our first event in our North West regional hub. Students from across the North West will gather in Manchester on 20th April to take part in a marketplace, skills workshops and a dragons den style pitching activity. We are excited to bring together students from across the North West region to share all their hard work with our partners and other members of the tech community in the North West.
This year we will partner with EPAM to deliver the event and are very excited about the expertise their employees will be able to provide to advise students on their projects. EPAM are a new partner for 2018 and are a great fit for our values and mission as engaging with and supporting the next generation of tech talent is a very important focus for their CSR operations and activities. Gordon Mullan, Lead Business Analyst, UK Co-ordinator for CSR is as excited as we are to launch our partnership at the event:
“As a company passionately committed to the power of technology to make the difference for our clients, EPAM is equally passionate about the power of technology to change the lives of the next generation of inventors and entrepreneurs. We’re absolutely delighted to be partnering with Apps For Good on their mission to help young people make their future with new technology, and can’t wait to see what the young people come up with!”
The buzzing marketplaces at both regional events will be a great opportunity for our communities to connect and meet the students from our growing regions. The students will have a unique opportunity to network with members of the local tech industry. The regional events will broaden our visibility across the UK and increase the number of students who can become actively involved in activities provided as part of Apps for Good. Events outside the classroom are fantastic for providing insight to the students to what working in the technology industry is really like. For our partners and attendees of the event it’s a great chance to meet the next generation of employees and get inspired by their enthusiasm and passion for technology. We look forward to bringing all our communities together at different locations across the UK in 2018.
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