2020 ESB Creative Tech Fest to celebrate youth creativity, innovation and leadership in virtual event

0
42


More than 1,000 young people from youth clubs, schools and gaelscoileanna across Ireland will come together, virtually, on Wednesday, October 28th for ESB Creative Tech Fest. In partnership with Camara Ireland, the annual bilingual event will celebrate the innovation and creativity of young people who participate in TechSpace programmes across STEAM, digital creativity and computer science projects.

The live event will be broadcast from Carlow Arts Centre directly into the homes of young TechSpacers across the country. As well as announcing over 20 award winners on the day, there will also be performances and inspiring tech talks from Daithí Ó Sé, Chris is Ainm Dom and Cairde.

This year’s ESB Creative Tech Fest event was launched today by Shaun Samra, an 11-year-old TechSpacer from Finglas, Co Dublin who, along with his friends from Finglas Youth Resource Centre afterschool group, won the ESB TechSpacer of the Month award in June for his creative rap “Anxiety” – written by Shaun about how anxiety has impacted him and his family.

Shaun is also the voice behind #FlipTheScript, a rap animation which aims to show how TechSpace empowers young people to unlock their passions and potential through the creative use of technology. The creative animation visualises how perceived negatives in teenage behaviours can, with the right tools and support, become positives for young people on their journey in creating their own brighter future.

Camara Ireland had to very quickly #FlipTheScript when Covid-19 impacted all of society in March, adapting its TechSpace programme to meet the changing needs of youth workers and educators, and to provide the tools they needed to stay connected to the young people they continue to support.

On the launch of this year’s ESB Creative Tech Fest, Marianne Checkley, CEO of Camara Ireland said: “We are very excited to showcase the inspiring work that has emerged from challenging circumstances this year though a virtual reality exhibition and live broadcast event. We are also delighted to celebrate the innovative solutions that young people have created, which have had a real impact through our special Community Responder award this year. We will miss the energy and atmosphere that the young people create at our annual celebrations, however, a virtual ESB Creative TechFest allows us to be even more accessible to young people in every community across Ireland.”

Pat O’Doherty, Chief Executive at ESB, outlined his admiration for the young people who take part in the TechSpace programme: “It is impressive and inspirational to see how young people are combining their innate energy and creativity with the skills they have learned through the TechSpace programme to address real-world problems and lead change in their communities.”

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin T.D. also expressed her support for the programme: “TechSpace is such an inspirational development programme which enables young people to be inventive and imaginative. ESB Creative Tech Fest gives them the opportunity to showcase their creative work. I am delighted that Clár TechSpace is part of this event and that my Department has the resources to support such a wonderful programme.  These events can be a life-changing experience for some, and I applaud Camara Education Ireland for their great efforts this year to turn a live show into a virtual reality exhibition for our young people.”

The Government Chief Whip and the Minister of State for the Gaeltacht and Sport, Jack Chambers T.D, said: “The work of the Clár Techspace programme can be transformative for many young people as they get to experience the Irish language in a fun, modern environment working on the very latest technologies. The ESB Creative Tech Fest is a great opportunity for them to demonstrate what they have learned and to show off their skills and creativity. I am delighted that ESB Creative Tech Fest is able to proceed online this year and I wish all the participants the very best of luck.”


More about Irish Tech News and Business Showcase here.

FYI the ROI for you is => Irish Tech News now gets over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!

Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 50,000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.

Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles.

If you would like to be featured in our podcast series drop us a line & don’t forget to sign up for notifications for our latest episodes and follow us on Twitter, Linkedin, SoundCloud, iTunes or your own favourite podcast platform.

Contact us, by email, Twitter or whatever social media works for you and hopefully, we can share your story too and reach our global audience. We are agile, responsive, quick and talented, we look forward to working with you!

If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at [email protected] or on Twitter: @SimonCocking