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Digital Wave career conference for young people in Bournemouth

8 September 2015

Dorset’s agencies, universities, colleges, businesses and acclaimed speakers from across the industry are coming together on 6th October to host a free-one day conference that will celebrate all things digital, organised exclusively for the young people in Dorset.

Entitled Digital Wave, the free event will be held at the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC) and is open to around 1000 young people aged 14 to 19 years old. The event aims to raise awareness of digital careers amongst young people.

Chris Shephard, Head of Economic Development and Sustainability at Bournemouth Borough Council said:

“It’s great to see that Digital Day is back again this year in Bournemouth, under its new name of Digital Wave. It is a fantastic opportunity for young people to learn about the career opportunities open to them in Bournemouth’s fast growing, exciting and varied creative and digital economy.”

Andrew Henning, our CEO and driving force behind Digital Wave said:

“With the industry we are in it is important to make the next generation aware of the opportunities available to them, especially within the local area. This is why this event is so important to raise awareness of the career choices that are available in digital. We are delighted with the high profile speakers we have been able to attract and Digital Wave is shaping up to be an exciting event which we hope the schools, colleges and young people in Dorset get involved in.”

Dorset and neighbouring schools are being invited to bring groups of students, and the event is also open to individuals outside the education system who are looking for ways to get into the creative industries.

Henning adds:

“With Bournemouth being classed as the UK’s fastest-growing digital economy, and digital touching every inch of our lives, a wealth of jobs are being opened up for our young people, and we want to make sure they are prepared to ride the next Digital Wave!”

The day will feature a host of acclaimed speakers from across the industry. Among those sharing their expertise will be Adam Goswell and Alice Dorrington who will be giving a talk around the journey Lush have undertaken into the digital landscape as well as the working culture Lush have created.

Mike Hawkyard from Amuzo games, is an expert on games, design, gamification and digital marketing and will be showing the audience some of the games Amuzo have recently worked on. Peter Truckel from Bournemouth University and co-creator of BFX – Bournemouth’s internationally recognised VFX and animation festival will also be speaking at Digital Wave.

Other speakers include, Jim Cregan from Jimmy’s Iced Coffee, Arabella Lewis-Smith from Salad, a graphic design and build agency, Joshua Carr from IBM, and David Burton.

Local colleges, businesses and agencies are also exhibiting, providing young people with the opportunity to speak face-to-face with industry professionals and academics about what it’s like to work in the industry and see what courses are available to them.


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