Brent Hoberman and CNN’s Peter Bale open the Digital Skills Summit

3 July 2014

Brent Hoberman speaking at the Digital Skills SummitToday leading digital entrepreneur Brent Hoberman will kick off the Digital Skills Summit as a part of Speakers for Schools’ partnership with national student digital festival, Digital Summer Trip. The second day will open with Vice President and General Manager of Digital for CNN International, Peter Bale speaking to students.

The event, 3rd-5th July, hosted at Hackney Community College with nearly 3,000 students from schools across the South East, offers an opportunity to attend interactive workshops, presentations and inspiring sessions with some of the best digital firms and innovators in Europe. With talks delivered by a series of industry experts, students will have a chance to get a glimpse into what speakers like Brent and Peter see as the future of their field. In line with the curriculum change and the introduction of Computing Science as a subject from September, the festival hopes to inspire young minds to increase their digital skills and explore the digital, creative and media jobs market.

Speakers for Schools, a charity that provides state schools with inspiring free talks from the leading, eminent figures across industries, is supporting the event alongside The Prince’s Trust, London Mayor Boris Johnson, Mind Candy, O2 Think Big, Toshiba and Intel amongst others.

Speaker Brent Hoberman, co-founder of amongst many other successful ventures, said: “It’s hugely important to offer students a chance to learn about the world of tech and digital, to spark their imagination and come up with businesses, solutions and society of tomorrow. I am confident that through the talks at the Digital Skills Summit, students will leave excited by the possibilities.”

Head of CNN Digital Peter Bale, commented:
“I always enjoy the chance to speak to students about the future of industries like mine; one that has changed drastically over the past 10 years. This generation will be the first of full-fledged ‘digital natives’ and there is no doubt whatever they do it will somehow intertwine with these industries, which is why it’s exciting to help inspire them and harness their enthusiasm through Speakers for Schools and events like Digital Summer Trip.”

Robert Peston, founder of Speakers for Schools and Economics Editor of the BBC has said:
“An important part of what Speakers for Schools tries to do is inspire students to acquire the skills they’ll need to prosper in today’s highly challenging world. Few skills matter more than those relevant to digital businesses – which is why we are so thrilled and proud to be supporting Digital Summer Trip”.

Andrew Law, Chairman of the Speakers for Schools and head of Caxton Associates has said:
“We are delighted to be supporting Digital Summer Trip – demonstrating the business world applicability of a discipline that interests young people so much is key if we are to inspire them to be more motivated and ambitious”.

Following the fair Speakers for Schools will continue to help state schools inspire their students on this theme with leading figures from digital and online with Matt Brittin VP at Google UK, Doug Gurr, Head of Technology at Amazon and Justine Roberts, Founder of Mumsnet, all speaking as a part of Speakers for Schools before the end of this academic term.


Peter Bale speaking to students at the Digital Skills Summit

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About Speakers for Schools

Speakers for Schools is an independent charity that provides young people in state schools across the UK with access to inspirational speakers – free of charge. The scheme was established in 2011 with the ambition of organising free talks in state schools with distinguished and eminent figures from all walks of life, including leaders in business, the arts, sciences, sport, politics and the media. Since launching the charity has attracted a network of over 900 speakers and 2000 state secondary schools and colleges, arranging more than 1100 talks to date. The initiative was founded by BBC Economics Editor Robert Peston and is wholly funded through the Law Family Charitable Foundation and Caxton Associates.

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About the Law Family Charitable Foundation

The Law Family Charitable Foundation was set up in 2011 by Andrew and Zoë Law. It funds a wide range of charitable enterprises focused upon improving social outcomes in multiple areas including health, well-being, challenged local environments, and education.

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About Digital Summer Trip

Each year the Techmix team runs Digital Summer Trip, a hands-on digital ‘Glastonbury for Learning’ where schools and students get together to try out the latest tech, learn new digital skills and meet some of the world’s top digital entrepreneurs and experts. This year they are based in Tech City, East London. Each month Techmix suggests ‘How To’ digital lessons from coding to graphic design, digital video to computer games design – to digital entrepreneurship. If you want to learn a new digital skill, or find out how the professionals do it – Techmix gives you the inside track.

Techmix magazine is dedicated to helping their readers learn digital skills. Every issue, they inspire you to delve deeper into digital life! Techmix features exclusive interviews with the best brains in the industry, tech-savvy celebrities and role models, the latest digital scoops on the best new tech, interactive competitions and tech challenges!