Digital Summer Trip has partnered with AQA and the Mayor’s Schools Excellence Fund to celebrate the work that is being done to encourage young people to learn new digital skills.
The festival aims to ensure that schools are ready for September when teaching programming skills will be added to the national curriculum.
The event aims to support teachers through hands-on workshops and talks from experts, ensuring they have the digital knowledge to pass on to their students in the future.
Large tech companies from the UK and across the globe will also be attending the event, including Codecademy, the USA’s largest tech company focused on programming skills, 02 Think Big, Mind Candy, and Prince’s Trust.
During the festival, pupils and teachers can take part in a range of hands-on digital workshops, from app design to video production, games design to digital marketing.
London Mayor, Boris Johnson, said: ‘Digital Summer Trip, at the heart of Tech City, is a fantastic initiative, harnessing the enthusiasm and creativity of young people who will be key to ensuring London’s success as a global leader in technology. Connecting our youngsters with tech and digital companies in a snap crackle and pop environment could help set them on the path to future careers as cutting edge innovators in this hugely important and dynamic sector.’
Digital Summer Trip played host to more than 200 schools and 3,500 visitors each day last year, and organisers anticipate higher attendance this year.
Ed Baker, founder of Digital Summer Trip, said: ‘We’re proud to be hosting the UK’s leading digital skills and careers festival this July in the UK’s digital capital. We are passionate about connecting young people to digital, creative and media organisations – and that’s why we have invited leading digital experts and technology entrepreneurs to inspire the next generation of digital leaders.’
Digital Summer Trip will be hosted in London’s Tech City from the 3–5th July.
Event organisers are offering 1,000 free tickets to this year’s event, which can be claimed by visiting https://digitalsummertrip.com/book_tickets and entering code DST14.