Future Creators 2016

Future Creators urged to break out of their comfort zones

Pictuerd: Entrepreneur Harry McCann; Dylan Jackson, James Street CBS; and Ciara Gannon from Loreto College, Crumlin

23 June 2016

Twenty-two young people received special certificates of recognition at a special graduation ceremony for this year’s participants, held in NCAD yesterday. The evening featured a showcase of work created throughout the year, including retro computer games presented in a retro arcade design showcase and a short film, The Bunker, about a post-apocalyptic world taken over by zombies.

Delivering a keynote address, Harry McCann, a 17-year-old digital entrepreneur, who set up a company called Kid Tech in 2013, established the first Digital Youth Council in Europe in 2014 and is co-founder and editor-in-chief of an online news Trendsterpress, urged young people to pursue shared his key tips and gave a glimpse into what it takes to become a successful digital entrepreneur.

“Take the opportunity you have been given by the scruff of the neck, run and don’t look back until you’ve gotten everything you have dreamt of.” McCann said. “Say yes to every opportunity no matter how scary, doing something before you even know how. Everything about being a young digital entrepreneur is exciting, because that’s what digital is, that’s what building the future is, exciting.

“The Future Creators programme has helped shape the students here today as young digital entrepreneurs.  Therefore, the most important piece of advice for all the young people graduating today is don’t be embarrassed or ashamed of your achievements… Every day, hundreds of digital entrepreneurs take that leap of faith with what they think is the next big thing and many fall. However, those who decide to get up and continue jumping and falling, jumping and falling, are the ones who will eventually land on their two feet.”

Research undertaken among participants of this year’s Future Creators programme highlighted that over half of the graduates found the programme to have strongly influenced the career path they would now like to pursue. The film taster session ranked as the most popular this year with approximately 75% of graduates selecting the film module as their favourite course, with the remaining 25% of graduates choosing the coding module.

The students participating in the 2016 Future Creators programme, included 11 females and 11 males, from the following schools in Dublin 8: CBS Synge Street, CBS James Street, Presentation Secondary School Warrenmount, St Patricks Grammar School, Mercy Convent, Inchicore and Loreto College, Crumlin.

Established in 2011 by The Digital Hub and delivered with the National College of Art & Design (NCAD) and H2 Learning, the Future Creators programme aims to equip young people aged 13 to 16 from Dublin 8 with digital skills, including coding, app development, robotics, digital photography and filmmaking.

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