By Daniel Hunter
As part of its one year anniversary celebrations, Campus London, Google UK’s seven-storey technology startup hub, today (Friday) opened its doors to London’s school pupils, teaching them about computer science, entrepreneurship and future job opportunities.
Campus Open Day, the first of its kind run by Google anywhere in the world, hosted 150 13-15 year-olds from schools across London. Each group was nominated by its local MP, several of whom also attended.
Open Day was borne out of the Campus community’s desire to educate today’s school pupils about the potential career paths they could begin to work towards, many of which were unknown to Campus members when they were the same age.
The groups participated in a two hour programme, featuring:
- Meet the mentors: Where pupils could meet current Campus-based startups, computer game creators, visual effects designers, Google staff and technology journalists.
- App Design with Teen Tech: Maggie Philbin and her team helped each group design an app in 30 minutes.
- Coding with Raspberry Pi:The Raspberry Pi Foundation taught the basics of computer coding on the widely sought-after Raspberry Pi computer.
Head of Campus, Eze Vidra said: "We want young people to think about becoming entrepreneurs and starting their own businesses just in the same way as they think about entering into other careers.
“If we can inspire some of the Open Day participants to take up the same challenge, I know we’re going to see some really exciting results.”
Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, said: “In only one year, Campus and Tech City have categorically proved that Britain has a vibrant, growing startup scene that is creating a brand new ecosystem of jobs and opportunities.
“Campus Open Day will inspire the next generation of British innovators and entrepreneurs, and I encourage all of the participants to make the most of this opportunity.”
Barnaby Clark, Founder and CEO of Campus-based startup Planvine said: "When I was at school 15 years ago, I knew very little about startups and thought my only option was to go and work for a large established business.
“If I’d had something like Campus Open Day to take part in, I’m sure I’d have been hooked on the buzz of this place and motivated to learn more."
Alex Hope, co-founder of Double Negative commented: “You’re never too young to be creative, You don’t need a degree or ten years of experience. Campus Open Day is all about showing these kids what’s out there, what computer science and creativity can open doors to and what roles they can play.“
Each pupil left with a resource pack help them continue to learn about tech opportunities, and each class was presented with a Raspberry Pi computer for their school.
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