The two-day Techathon lets young people explore the possibilities of technology in an informal and creative environment. Each team takes on a challenge, trying out ideas, finding out what works and what doesn’t. A great opportunity to meet expert mentors, have fun, learn new skills, make friends and win prizes.
There will be prizes for the best creative solutions – the competition isn’t just about coding, but also being creative, designing, inventing and working well as a team. Come with an open mind to learn more and don’t expect everything to go right first time – some of the best learning comes from making mistakes and overcoming setbacks!
Image: Techathon – credit Alina Veselaya
The ticket is for both days, and the cost includes a packed lunch and refreshments.
When: Oct 25th and 26th, 2018. Please note that this is NOT an overnight event – participants will leave by 4pm on Oct 25th and return the following day.
Where: Norwich School, 71a The Close, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 4DD. Registration takes place in the Blake Studio auditorium – look out for signs at the school entrance on the left hand side of the main entrance to Norwich Cathedral.
Thursday, October 25
09:00 Doors open for registration in the Blake Studio
09:30 Introductions followed by a brief walk to the Refectory
10:30 Techathon begins
16:00 Doors close (you can continue creating at home if you wish!)
Friday, October 26
09:00 Doors open in the Refectory
15:00 Non-staying parents/guardians invited to see what everyone has made
16:00 Awards ceremony in the Blake Studio
17:00 Event closes
Please note that children aged 12 or under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. If you are 13 or over, we will need an emergency contact name and number to allow you to stay unaccompanied.
If you have any special needs, dietary requirements or other concerns please contact us before booking your tickets.
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What is the Techathon? A two-day event where young people have fun exploring tech and taking on tech challenges.
Who is the Techathon for? Young people aged 8-18 who are not yet at university and are interested in tech.
Does my child need to know how to program or have any technology experience?
No, the Techathon is for anyone, from complete beginners to tech wizards. The challenges are designed to let everyone take part and approach them in their own way – whether that’s thinking about ways to tackle a problem, designing a possible solution, building something in Scratch or taking on some advanced coding. There will be friendly, professional mentors on hand to help.
What will my child get out of attending the Techathon? They can find out about different technologies, and learn from each other and from mentors who are already working in the tech industry. It’s not just about programming/coding – there’s the opportunity to develop other skills like understanding how to approach a challenge and work in a team. It’s also a chance to make friends and have fun.
Does my child need to be part of a team? Participants can tackle challenges on their own or as part of a team of up to four people. You can come with your friends as a ready-made team, or we can help put you into a team with other young people.
Do parents/guardians need to be there? If your child is 12 or under, you must accompany them to the Techathon. Participants aged 13 or over can attend on their own, provided we have details of an emergency contact. Parents and guardians are strongly encouraged to attend the initial introductory session and the final show-and-tell / prize-giving!
How much will attending the Techathon cost? A two-day ticket costs £10, which includes lunch / snacks / refreshments for the young person. If cost is a problem for you, please contact us – we can provide a free ticket thanks to the support of our sponsors. Tickets are free for members of the Norwich Young Makers Tech Club.
My child has special needs, can he or she attend? Our aim is to be accessible to all. If your child has special needs or dietary requirements, or if you have any other concerns, please contact us before booking your tickets.
Do I need to bring any equipment? You will need access to a computer. If you have a laptop, Raspberry Pi (including keyboard, mouse and monitor) or other portable device, bring that along. If you need to borrow a laptop or Raspberry Pi please contact us as we have a limited number available to loan out.
What happens about food at the event? Lunch, snacks and refreshments for participants are included in the cost of the ticket (even the free tickets for Tech Club members!). Parents/guardians will need to make their own arrangements – we suggest bringing a packed meal. Water, tea and coffee will be available for all!
What are the prizes? That depends on the generosity of our sponsors. There will be prizes for the best creative solutions – the competition isn’t just about coding, but also being creative, designing, inventing and working well as a team. Come with an open mind to learn more and don’t expect everything to go right first time – some of the best learning comes from making mistakes and overcoming setbacks!
Does my child need to stay overnight? No, the Techathon runs between 9am and 4pm Oct 25th and from 9am to 5pm on Oct 26th. If you do not live locally you will need to make your own arrangements for accommodation.
Does my child need to stay for the whole event? Most participants will want to stay for the whole event. But there’s no need to do so; some younger children may want to take a break away from the event during the day.
Can I park at Norwich School? Unfortunately there are no public parking spaces available at Norwich School. You will need to make your own arrangements to park in one of the city’s public car parks or to travel in using Park & Ride. You may also want to check for bus services stopping at Norwich Tombland, just outside Norwich School.
I’d like to help – what can I do? Putting on the Techathon costs a lot of money and relies on the support of volunteers who freely give their time and our sponsors. If you are a tech expert or have other skills to offer, or if you would like to sponsor the event, please contact us.
Who is the Techathon organised by? The Techathon is organised by Step into Tech, a not-for-profit that aims to help young people reach their full tech potential. Step into Tech also runs the Norwich Young Makers Tech Club. The individuals running the event are DBS-checked.
Where can I find out more? If you have any questions, please contact us.
About Claire Riseborough:
Claire is the founder of Step into Tech, a social enterprise which aims to help young people understand the importance of technology in their futures. She has just under 10 years’ experience working in the Technology sector having previously worked for a rapidly growing computer services company, at a time when digital technology was in its infancy. She’s also worked in other sectors including art and design, and has helped to build Community and Charity campaigns from the grassroots. She believes it is important for young people, whatever their interests; science, art, music, creative writing, media, social care, environment, to embrace technology in order to become the creators of their future.