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Tech conference targets next generation of pioneers

|19 April 2016|


School children in Scotland will have the opportunity to learn more about the skills needed for a career in digital technology at next month’s XP2016.

Europe’s leading event for agile software developers is being held in association with Digital World. And it will host six bespoke workshops for primary and secondary school pupils in Edinburgh.

Students and teachers will be given the chance to get an introduction to the wide variety of skills needed by people working with digital technology at its 17th International Conference on Agile Software Development, which runs from 24-27 May at the John McIntyre Conference Centre.

Schools are invited to sign up by 22 April to be included in the draw to take part in one of six interactive 90-minute workshops. To ensure that every child gets time with the instructors, there will be a limit of 20 pupils per session.

The hands on sessions will be led by CoderDojo Scotland and pupils will use the new BBC micro:bit to create software as part of a team. By engaging with the task, pupils will learn about agile software development in a fast and fun way.

The event will also give pupils and teachers an opportunity to gain insight into the digital industry and discover more about careers in software development. It will help teachers to further their understanding of the software industry as well as the nontechnical aspects of software development such as agile methodology.

Seb Rose, one of the organisers of XP2016, said: We are delighted that this year’s conference will include sessions for schools for the first time. By giving young people an insight into the social aspects of software development we hope to inspire them to think seriously about pursuing it as a career.”

It also gives us a chance to tap into the energy and enthusiasm of the next generation and learn more about why they are interested in our industry

Digital World is an initiative to promote careers in digital technology which has been developed by the industry in partnership with Skills Development Scotland (SDS). It aims to inspire young people by highlighting the amazing way digital technology betters lives and the many job opportunities available in Scotland.

Claire Gillespie, key sector manager for ICT and digital technology skills at SDS, said: The digital technology industry is one of the most exciting and rapidly evolving sectors in Scotland and there’s a whole range of industries, from financial services and medicine to design, that rely on digital and technology professionals to underpin what they do. These workshops are a great way of getting young people excited about the possibilities on offer and give them a taste for creating their own software.”

The skills needed for agile development are key to many STEM careers and the event is suitable for students interested in information technology, computer science, art & design, media studies, business, physics, biology, chemistry and mathematics.

Workshops are open to groups of 10-20 students in P5 – P7 and S1 – S3. Places are limited and will be drawn by a random ballot so teachers must register by Friday 22 April to be considered. Travel contribution and snacks will be provided.

Schools in the area can register here.

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Iain is an experienced writer, journalist and lecturer, who held editorships with a number of business focussed publications before co-founding and becoming editor of Innovators Magazine. Iain is also the strategic director for OnePoint5Media.


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