Two self-starting Ballymena teenagers have joined four of their peers from across the province in launching one of the biggest tech and creative economy events for young people this year.
Create:2014 is a unique one-day conference, designed, curated and produced solely by six teens aged between 16 and 18, including Ballymena’s Sarah McBride and Joshua Kempton, which is planned for September 17 in Derry/Londonderry.
The ambitious youngsters have now turned to their roots in the technology world to make their vision a reality, by launching a crowdfunding ‘Kickstarter’ campaign (http://kck.st/1sBjqtL) with the aim of raising financial backing to fund the event.
As well as securing key speakers including BBC Click presenter Kate Russell, GetInvited founder Kyle Galway
and 17-year-old US developer and entrepreneur Michael Sayman, the conference will feature hands-on activities, hosting over 150 young people who will learn alongside delegates from across the tech and creative industries.
Sarah McBride (18), CEO of Create:2014, says: “It’s a chance for young people to catch the spark of opportunity. Create:2014 will allow the wider public, and in particular young people, to see exactly how dynamic the tech and creative scene here is.