Tech London Advocates wants digital education to unlock London’s digital potential. Its ‘Learning Curve’ event highlighted practical education to increase digital skills, ranging from primary school to professionals,  to make up for the shortage of skilled graduates holding back the tech sector.  It offered 6 Panels that examined digital education.

 1. Digital Skills at the heart of Government

Minister for State with responsibility for digital industries, Ed Vaisey MP, stressed government’s investment in tech infrastructure and education. “The three things I am looking at is building the infrastructure this country needs, creating the right climate for investment to help us grow and scale, and putting down the roots to ensure that we have the skills we need for businesses.” 

2. Campaigning for talent

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Maggie Philbin and Kerensa Jennings speaking at London Tech Advocates presentation on practical education

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3. Learning Curve

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Christine Flounders, Katarina Jones, Ruben Kostucki and Jess Tyrrell Speaking at London Tech Advocates presentation on practical education
Definition of Learning Curve
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Tech London Advocates on Learning Curve

4. Unlocking the potential of start-ups and scale-ups

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Caroline Hyde, Deborah Op Den Kamp, George O’Connor, Harry Briggs and Ted Edmonson on Tech London Advocates panel

Tech London Advocates on Start-Ups

5. Building a digital future

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Lord Jim Knight, Mark Fawcett, Mark Martin, Rachel Swidenbank and Heather Picov speaking at London Tech Advocates presentation on practical education

Lord Jim Knight, MD of Online Learning at TSL Education Ltd, chaired this panel for practical education in action with

6. Raising the profile of digital skills

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Kathryn Parson stresses practical education for digital skills

Importance of coding being accessible to young people: “I believe technology is the language of the future, the language of billions. Businesses are looking for digital literacy and confidence. The next step is empowering schools to bring coding alive in the classroom.” Biggest skeptics are in corporates and government so it’s a challenge to get them excited. She rebukes ridiculous statements such as ‘women’s brains don’t work that way’. When asked whom she’d like to teach coding, she quickly replied with Hillary Rodham Clinton. ‘She’s got everything and coding would be her plus. (Kathryn Parsons, Decoded co-founder)

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