Meet Nyasha | She’s why we do what we do

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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.

None of this would have been possible without the inspirational start Freeformers gave me at Upload Live — Nyasha Duri

Despite feeling intimidated by “Oxford University grads with similar sounding ideas”, Nyasha sailed through the top 100 Beta Day and made it to the top 20 out of 730 entries where she demonstrated her idea live.

Although she didn’t reach the top 10, Nyasha has featured in the WWCode newsletter Applaud Her section and was selected to pitch at the SomewhereTo_Startup event at Google Campus London thanks to the Founders Forum for Good.

She said: “I’m really proud of this achievement and have learnt the importance of defining my own success. None of this would have been possible without the inspirational start Freeformers gave me at Upload Live.

“You don’t need to create something that will immediately change the world. Change starts by coming up with those mini innovations every day.”

Nyasha now continues on her journey as one of 45 participants for an incubator scheme in 2016 and she has even returned to volunteer at Upload Live events to inspire others with her story.




26th February 2016