Sheffield Digifest 2017: Free exhibition space for businesses registration

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This July will host the first Sheffield Digifest, an action-packed day of digital activity and a showcase of Sheffield's young tech talent. Schools from across Sheffield City Region are invited to take part in taster activities and masterclasses supported by Pimoroni, Sheffield Hallam University, The University of Sheffield, Sheffield Robotics, CAFÉ (Computing as a Family Experience) Ambassadors, Sheffield City Council E-Learning Team, UTC Sheffield and more.

Young people who have participated in the Code>Make>Win competition or the CAFÉ programme are also invited to exhibit digital projects and showcase their talent as part of the evening programme, before receiving recognition awards and Code>Make>Win prizes.

The event will be held in Sheffield Hallam University’s brand new STEM Learning Centre (which is located opposite Sheffield’s rail station).

The event is free for businesses to attend and display. To that end, we will be allocating display space on an equitable basis of ‘one business-one space’.

You may be in the youth market and want feedback and ideas for your products, you may want fresh young minds to contribute ideas for your business challenges, or you may be looking for your next generation of employees.

We hope you will bring interactive displays and fun activities that give young people an insight into your work and what you will be looking for in your future recruits.

What will you get out of it?

We will give you the chance to introduce your business and what you do to hundreds of young people and their families who are thinking about the future. We will have the following groups in attendance:

  • ‘Better Learner Better Workers’ Ambassadors aged 14-16 years

  • Café (Computing as a Family Experience) Ambassadors aged 13-15 years

  • Primary Schools students aged 9-11 years

  • Parents and siblings of the Ambassadors

  • Teachers and Educators

  • Sheffield Hallam Student and Parent Ambassadors


Taster activities & masterclasses on offer throughout the day include:

  • Lego robots

  • Operation game with BBC Micro:bit

  • CodeBug

  • Video shorts production

  • Flotilla tasters

  • Treasure Hunt Campus Tour

  • Mobile apps development

  • Unity and/or Gamemaker tasters

  • Vex Robotics activities

  • Hacking Minecraft on Raspberry Pi

  • Y7 Roadshow: Pokémon Go theme

  • Masterclasses with SHU in Animation, Digital Media Production or Computing

Alongside taster activites and workshops, there will be the 'World of Work' market place featuring employer stands with:

  • Interactive activities

  • Presentations about what the companies do and the difference they make to life and work

  • Industry professionals talking about jobs in their organisations and skills required

10:00: Arrival and Launch

10:15 - 12:00: Morning: Varied programme of taster sessions alongside the employer ‘World of Work’ fair

12:00 - 13:00: Lunch (bring your own or purchase at STEM cafe)

13:00 - 13:15: Afternoon welcome

13:15 - 15:15: Afternoon: Varied programme of taster sessions alongside the employer ‘World of Work’ fair

17:00 - 19:00 Evening programme:

  • Industry guest speaker

  • Code>Make>Win Awards

  • CAFÉ Awards

  • Better Learners Better Workers (BLBW) Awards

  • Sheffield Hallam Student & Parent Ambassadors

  • Employer, HE, HE in FE and Apprenticeships stands - interactive activities and info and advice

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