Inspiring a generation Ravensbourne heads to Campus Party

Pooja Kanabar

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Ravensbourne ambassadors represented our institution at Campus Party, a week-long technologyfestival at the London 02 last week, billed as “Glastonbury for geeks”.

Technology fans from around the globe all gathered at Campus Party. Around 5,000 people a day visited the event, with accommodation provided in the form of a mass of tents, which were lined up inside the O2 to create an urban campsite.

The week consisted of talks, workshops and live performances including open source icon Jon “Maddog”, the founder of Atari Nolan Bushnell, Wired UK editor David Rowan, European Commissioner for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes, “father of the internet” Vint Cerf, and plenty more.

The first event was organised in Spain back in 1997, and brought together 250 participants. Sixteen years on, and the Campus Party in London featured 8 stages, over 100 speakers and over 500 hours of content on topics including robotics, astronomy, free software and game development.

Campus Party 2013 Bemi And Other StudentsjpgCampus Party aimed to “inspire a generation of young people to become digital makers”. “In order to give our young people the best chance of competing in the global race, we want to give them the opportunity to go from being prolific users, to producers of new digital products and content” said Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd.

Ravensbourne had a booth in the ‘Make The Web’ building along with other companies that run programs and teach people to create things for the web. Our student ambassadors were promoting our BA Web Media courses as well as our Postgraduate courses. They also had the opportunity to meet with speakers and discuss potential collaborations with students and the university as well as their digital journeys to inspire the next generation.

“Now more than ever before, digital offers the chance to drive sustained economic recovery. Businesses must proactively seek out opportunities to collaborate to maximise the digital growth opportunity and harness the potential of the next generation,” said Ronan Dunne, CEO of Telefónica UK.

This event was ideal for a web media student such as myself, I found a lot of opportunities there. I've met the Director of Jumpstart services Ltd, organisers of Mozilla and many others.

Ngoc Luong, BA (Hons) Web Media student

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