Future2016, a new conference organised by teenagers for teenagers, has launched to inspire and educate young people interested in the areas of technology and science.
The two day event, which is sponsored by Unilever, BT, Visit Belfast, Uber and Google, is taking place from the 12th to 13th February 2016 at the T13 space in Belfast and will include talks and panel discussions, as well as an education-focused hack day.
The conference, which has been organised by Adam Flanagan, a 14 year old designer and developer, hopes to attract around 250 attendees, between the ages of 13 to 18. Speaking about Future2016, Adam said: “I decided to launch the conference after becoming frustrated with the lack of tech events aimed at teenagers.
By speaking to peers and attending other industry events, my team and I realised there was a demand from other young people to learn more about these areas, which wasn’t being fully met via more traditional means, such as schools and colleges. Ultimately, we believe that teenagers are the future generation of disruptors and have an absolute requirement to understand tech, as it impacts every kind of industry they will eventually be working in.”
There will be a range of speakers at the conference, including teenagers who are making an impact in the areas of technology and science, as well as industry experts and veterans. The line-up includes, Anne-Marie Tomchak, Head of BBC Trending, James Anderson, the 18 year old founder of Thinkspace and Zest and George Berkowski, author of ‘How to Build a Billion Dollar App’. Attendees will also be able to take part in a hackathon around the theme of education, which will involve working together to design and code new apps and websites. Tickets are on sale now – for more information and to book, please visit Future2016