Inspiring a generation of entrepreneurs with C4DI

The Centre for Digital Innovation (C4DI) in Hull has teamed up with our charity to help inspire children from disadvantaged areas of the city with the opportunity to work in technology.
Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University brought around 20 children from non-privileged backgrounds to the city tech hub to hopefully inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs.

The event saw a host of businesses in the technology hub working with the enthusiastic students from schools across Hull including Collingwood primary school, Thoresby primary school, St Anthony’s catholic primary school; Thorpepark academy, Craven primary academy, Stepney primary school, St James’ primary school, Woodlands primary school and Oldfleet primary school.

Children worked with the creators of welfare gadget Moodbeam, the leading provider of services to independent record labels Label Worx and used 3D printers with entrepreneur Alex Youden, as well as other businesses.

John Connolly, managing director of C4DI, listened to pitches from the pupils of technology to help them get up early and prepare for school in the morning. Mr Connolly said he was impressed with the pupils engagement and hoped it highlighted how they can forge a pioneering career in technology without leaving Hull.

He said: “They were told to come up with different ideas and I was really impressed by how creative they are. “They have a really interesting way of thinking, and some of them already have an incredible knowledge for their age.

“They are really engaged, and it’s important that they know they can turn that interest into a career in Hull. We want children to know the incredible opportunities available in the city, and the best way to do that is to get hands-on.

“We wanted to show them the work that we do and open their eyes to some of the opportunities available. The reaction has been brilliant.”
Natasha Barley, director of the charity which works with businesses to reach more children in Hull and East Yorkshire, said she was keen to show children already interested in technology, the opportunities available locally.

“We asked the schools to select children who are interested in technology and sciences, because many are interested and skilled but don’t know all the opportunities available her”, she said.

“We want them to see what they can achieve here and how they can be successful. It’s not just knowledge, but they have also seen the importance of creativity and how you important that can be for your career.

“Working with the businesses, they have seen first-hand what it’s like and they’ve loved it. They got to see 3D printers at work and use the electronic DJ decks at Labelworx. It seems to have really inspired them.

“We hope the story will encourage more local businesses to inspire children to think about the world of work.”

Any other businesses who would be keen to get involved with Hull and East Yorkshire Children’s University can contact Natasha on 01482 466045.

SOURCE: Hull Daily Mail

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