Digital Futures scheme will give tech-savvy students a wealth of opportunities

  • The team behind NI's Digital DNA conference, have launched the second round of their Digital Futures campaign to showcase the opportunities for young people in tech.

    Northern Ireland's tech industry has a great place on the world stage, with some of the industry's most innovative start-ups and a world-class education system. It can be difficult for young people to connect the dots and see how their education leads to an exciting opportunity in a tech job they'd love, whether those opportunities are at home or abroad.

    The team behind Northern Ireland's largest digital and technology conference, Digital DNA, aims to help showcase opportunities for young people with its Digital Futures campaign, which has just re-opened for a second year after its success last year. As part of the scheme, the top young tech talent in Northern Ireland will be flown to the US on a VIP trip to see what the tech sector has to offer them.

    The scheme is open to school students of a variety of age ranges and will kick off in September with a 6-8 week course that will see teams of six students develop a business idea and create a display for exhibition. Candidate teams will then meet with global leaders in the technology, multimedia, gaming and digital design fields in June, and wille take part in a hackathon to develop an app. 

    At the end of the scheme, each team will pitch its project for the opportunity to win a VIP trip to the US. The winners will meet some of the world’s most influential technology leaders, and will visit the US headquarters of tech giants such as Facebook, Google, Twitter and Instagram. 

    Digital DNA's Head of Engagement Conor Houston, was excited for the programme's return this year: "Through collaborating with our partners, we are not only bringing the best in the tech and digital world to our young people, but also providing them with an opportunity of a lifetime to visit some of the top organisations in the world. With a focus on entrepreneurship, creativity and technology, Digital Futures will help empower our young people and that’s something we’re very proud to be involved in"

    You can find out more about the scheme over at the Digital DNA website.

    Source: Written based on press release

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