It’s may be a cliche to always claim technology can change lives but sometimes it really can. For Nyasha Duri, it truly gave her a future path to follow.
In November 2014, 17-year-old Nyasha came along to one of our Upload Live digital skills festivals held at Canary Wharf in London for 120 16-25 year olds.
It featured our popular format of inspiring speakers, a tech showcase, help from Barclays’ Digital Eagles and hands-on workshops from the Freeformers in code, social media, app development and cyber security.
These events are designed to help plug the huge digital skills gap in our current economy with many young people unemployed or not in education or training. Our aim is to develop high-tech skills for commercial use, unlocking potential that could be filling a £6.7bn gap in digital economic opportunity.
At the start of the Upload Live event, head trainer Lewie Allen said: “For some of you, this is a day that could change your life.” And as Nyasha admitted afterwards: “Those words were prophetic.”
Soon after she attended the event, Nyasha heard about the iDEA Award and with encouragement from lead trainer Kai plus Lewie’s words ringing in her ears, she entered her app idea. Called Politicks, it aims to inspire young people to feel more positive about politics and to take productive social action in the real world.