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TDC Tech Trail

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TDC (Trust for Developing Communities) are working with some of Brighton's most exciting tech businesses and educators to inspire young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, with the opportunities available to them if they follow a career in tech.

The Tech Trail offers the chance for 14-17 year olds to step through the doors of some of the city’s coolest companies. You can choose to go one day, or to all 3. You'll see first-hand what a digital workplace looks like and will be able to try interactive experiences designed to increase your understanding of what these companies do. You will also get the chance to talk to young employees about what it's like to have a tech career in Brighton.


Monday: 5pm start - Come and find out more about Brighton Metropolitan's Computer Programming course - what does the course cover and how does this translate into what digital companies are looking for.

Wednesday: 4.15pm start - We'll start at Latest Television where you can see the difference tech makes in media - perhaps trying your hand at reading from the digital autocue. After a short session here, we'll stroll along the seafront to visit Drum, where the team are keen to chat about how you can spot digital solutions and turn them into a business; Drum recognised the need for people all over the world to meet and created an online portal for team meetings that is used worldwide.

Wednesday: 5pm start - Meet the team at Ideal and find out what it's like to provide IT solutions for companies like IKEA from a base in Brighton. Then, after a quick stroll up the hill, visit Pragmatic, a website design agency who have created sites for ITV, Conde Nast, Bacardi and Headmasters. How do you come up with ideas that work with their brand?

Thursday: 4.45pm start - It's your chance to step inside Propellernet, regularly voted one of the top places to work in the UK. Propellernet will show you how they make sure other companies are found online - a mixture of website work and incredible experiences that lift companies to another level. We'll then walk on to DabApps who create applications for the likes of Tesco and the NHS, as well as Brighton's Fringe. Get involved in the debate about how people interact with apps and how to make them more interesting?

Thursday: 5pm start - Meet the group at Brandwatch, a major Brighton digital agency that monitors the conversations that people are having online - get involved with some social research yourself and see how it could help inform companies about their next move. We then move on to Platf9rm, a shared working space that is full of tech companies who can chat to you about how they got into tech. There will also be a chance to try a VR experience with 3plusVR that explores the potential of an online world.

TDC have joined forces with educators such as Brighton Met, Entrepreneurial Spark and Digital Accelerator who can help you take those first steps on a career pathway. We want diversity - both in culture and viewpoint - so whilst this opportunity is available to all young people, TDC are committed to supporting those from disadvantaged areas . Spaces will be reserved for groups from youth clubs based in areas that have high levels of deprivation.

Please note - all young people must be accompanied by a responsible adult. There will be an element of walking as we move between the venues so we recommend comfortable shoes.

Confirmation of addresses for the trail will be emailed before the event. All companies are based in Brighton.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes - minimum age 14, maximum age 17. Everyone must have a chaperone who is 18+.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Please get in touch if you require parking for any groups you are bringing to the event

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Yes. Please contact

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