Visionary year 8 programme to inspire young people to get into IT, in partnership with Amazon Web Services

Future Foundations is teaming up with Amazon Web Services to deliver an exciting new programme. AWS Get IT, is an innovative programme under the AWS diversity umbrella “We Power Tech”, which main objective is to inspire more young people, and girls essentially, to get into IT and gain digital skills.

The aims of the programme are to build practical digital skills and relevant work experience, learn more about technology as a possible career option from industry experts, and feel empowered to break down gender stereotypes and consider a career in IT and app making.

Amazon Web Services currently have a number of initiatives – such as AWS re:Start – that aim to fill the digital skills gap in the UK and to improve communication and education around diversity. AWS Get IT is unique in the sense that in addition to this main objective, it aims to have a positive impact on the growth and development of their women, and encourages them to be more confident and more visible leaders.

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Overview

The programme will run between autumn and spring terms next academic year, launching in September 2018 with an inspiring presentation assembly given in schools by an AWS ambassador to year 8.

The talk will focus on the wealth of opportunities that exist for women working in IT, inspire students to gain confidence and skills needed for the workplace, and look beyond gender stereotypes to consider a career in technology. Following the presentation, students will be challenged to enter an inter-school app-building competition focused on solving real world issues.

Participating teams of students will then be invited to attend the Get IT Bootcamp at the Amazon Web Services offices in November/December 2018 and submit their idea for an app as part of our competition. Students will be supported in their project by AWS facilitators and selected teams will be invited to present them at the Get IT London Summit in May 2019.

AWS will commit to building the winning app.

Registration

We are inviting schools to identify a teacher who will lead on this programme in school.

Once you have registered you a will receive a phone call to arrange an in-school presentation with an inspiring female AWS ambassador.

SCHOOL REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

Following the presentation let us know how many teams you would like to enter into the programme. Each school will be allocated 7 places at one of the bootcamps. This could be a team of 7 or a representative from 7 teams. So you can have 7-49 students involved in the programme.

If a school doesn’t take up their allocation we will then offer out the places to participating schools on first come first served basis.

Please download the AWS Get IT Challenge Pack by clicking on the button below to help you create your winning app!

 

AWS Get IT Challenge Pack 2018/19

Phases

Whole year assembly

September – November 2018

Register your school online using our simple form and we will call you to arrange an assembly presentation in your school delivered by an inspiring female AWS ambassador.

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App idea generation

September – December 2018

Post assembly presentations, let us know how many teams you would like to enter into the programme and download AWS Get IT Challenge Pack (coming soon).

Teams must be 50% girls to qualify. They can be 5-7 students. You can register up to 7 teams of 7 students, but please note 7 students will be invited to the bootcamps. So this could be a team of 7 or a representative from 7 teams.

Start independently designing your app, and receive online mentoring from AWS. Remember it must be focused on tackling/solving real local issues

Bootcamp

November/December 2018

7 students from each participating school are invited to a Get IT one day boot camp at the AWS London office. If a school does not take up their places, these will allocated on a first come first served basis. 2018 bootcamp dates:

  • November 22nd
  • December 5th
  • December 14th

School-based workshop

January – April 2019

Receive an in-school visit from an AWS ambassador who will give you feedback on your project and a chance to practise your presentation.

Submit your app into our competition

Deadline 5th April 2019

Use our online form to submit your final app idea (coming soon). We will let you know if you have been shortlisted for the final within 2 weeks. 10 projects will go through to the final, and there will also be special recognition prizes.

If you go through to the final, you will present your idea at the AWS Summit.

Presentation at AWS Summit

May 2019

10 Selected teams are invited to present their apps at the AWS Summit in London.

Quarter Final – 10 projects

Semi Final – 5 projects

Grand Final – 2 projects

The winner will be announced at the Summit!

Participation & Prizes

We want as many of your students to get involved as possible, not just those who may already have an affinity to technology. While this programme is aimed at girls, we welcome boys as well as we’re keen for everyone to be aware of the opportunities in the technology industry, and to challenge the gender stereotype within the industry.

The programme is for year 8 students in the 2018-2019 academic year.

  • All teams that attend the bootcamp will receive an AWS goodie bag
  • All participating schools will be invited to select students to attend the AWS Summit at the Excel Centre on May 8th
  • There will be three ‘highly commended’ prizes awarded at the AWS Summit
  • 10 finalist teams will be invited to present their ideas at the AWS Summit
  • The winning team will have their app made be AWS
  • AWS will then support the continuation and success of the winning app
  • All participants will receive a certificate confirming the completion of the programme
  • Students have the opportunity to apply to become ambassadors for the programme next year

I along with my colleagues from Amazon Web Services want to visit your school, meet your students and inspire and educate them about their future career pathways. We are passionate about filling the digital skills gap in the UK and improving communication and education around diversity within the technology industry.

Sonia OuartiHead of Marketing Northern Europe | AWS

This is going to be a fantastic programme - we can't wait to meet lots of inspirational young people and help them break down the gender stereotypes within the IT industry as well as gain digital skills for the future

Lucy MosesProject Manager | Future Foundations

I'm very proud of the work that we do up and down the country, and look forward to partnering with AWS to transform the lives of young people in new and exciting ways

Jonathan HarperChief Executive Officer | Future Foundations