Tech Camp is an employer-led training programme that is designed to connect Waltham Forest residents to employers, through an innovative skills training programme. This year is our second year taking part in the programme.
Our students were challenged to respond to a ‘Borough Brief’ community challenge - where, individually & in teams, they would develop technology-led business solutions for the challenge. This year’s Borough Brief community challenge was, ‘Safer Streets’ and focused on violence reduction in local communities.
This year, our entire first year cohort of students took part in the programme. After days of planning and refining their ideas, four groups were shortlisted for the final with two of them making it to the finals. This year the final was held at Waltham Forest College and our two teams pitched their business ideas to industry VIPs and an audience of competitors.
Blazej, Salim, Jessica and Denzel made it through to the final six teams, competing against other students and industry professionals who all pitched their ideas to the panel of judges for the chance to be crowned as The Tech Camp Champions.
Their idea, CityStomper, was an app dedicated to letting young people know about the safest spots around London. Based on police reports and local incidents the app would offer young people alternate routes to their destinations with their safety assured. Built in reporting systems to the police was also an option pitched by the group for crimes in the area. Ultimately, our students pitched an idea for the community which could be run by the community. Embedded like the travel app WAZE, where drivers report accidents, road changes and potholes, CityStomper would allow users to update unsafe areas, areas at risk of high crime and share their own experiences to prevent crime and allow young people safer access around London.
The Tech Camp invited leading employers to support and mentor all participants and our students benefitted from real-word insights and encouragement which aided in their victory at the Tech Camp final.
Congratulations to Blazej, Salim, Jessica and Denzel on their well-deserved win!
They have benefitted from a bespoke curriculum (earning a recognised Award), and gained unique insight into the tech sector (career pathways, and future skills). 2019 employers and judges on the panel included BT, Transport for London, CDW and Rimini Street.
Our group of winners have also secured work placements in Canary Wharf next year and we we’re looking forward to following their Tech journeys and hopefully the development of an app that can make a hug difference in the lives of all residents, even beyond Waltham Forest.