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Boris Johnson launches London Tech Week at a Digital Schoolhouse

Author: Shahneila Saeed

Boris Johnson launches London Tech Week at major Ukie education programme

Mayor of London Boris Johnson launched London Tech Week at  the Regent High School Digital Schoolhouse.

London Tech Week has over 200 events attended by more than 30,000 people.

The Mayor announced the Tech.London platform to support start-ups and collaboration across London to support London’s digital tech sector and the additional £12 billion of economic activity and 46,000 new jobs in the capital over the next decade. 

The website includes all the latest information and resources that people in London can use to access opportunities in the tech sector, connect with each other, and grow their businesses. Content includes London’s latest startups, investors, events, jobs, classes, blogs, videos, workspaces, accelerators, incubators and other tech or startup resources.

Ukie works closely with the Mayor of London and the London Enterprise Panel to promote inward investment in the games industry, exports and support for the development of the UK's creative talent pipeline.

The Digital Schoolhouse London Programme is delivered by Ukie and supported by the Mayor of London Schools Excellence Fund across 80 primary and secondary schools.  It teaches creative computing, computational thinking and new pedagogy for pupils and educators in primary and secondary schools. 

The Mayor talked to primary and secondary school pupils learning computer programming through the use of workshops designed by the Digital Schoolhouse and partners, using robots and unplugged activities. Innovative products are mapped to the curriculum to explain concepts in an exciting and engaging way.

Since early 2014 over 5000 children have benefitted and it has trained over 200 teachers in the new Computing curriculum - addressing the computing industry needs idenfitied in Ukie's Next Gen. report.


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