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There is some serious talent  on the streets and in the bedrooms of Manchester.  Young people with the kind of creativity we would give our right arm for, Manchester’s future is in their hands.

A teacher I met at the BBC 21st Century Classroom in Salford, told me about his 15 year old student (let’s call him John) who made £5 here, £10 there, by designing My Space pages for his friends. The teacher was frustrated at not having the ability to help John take his digital talent to the next level, nor access to appropriate business start up advice for this teen entrepreneur. When asked what he would do after his GCSE’s, John told the teacher that he’d follow into his father’s shopfitting business, he didn’t consider college, work in the creative sector, or starting his own business as possible options.

To be clear, I am in no way critical of John’s choice. Good design is needed in the physical world as well as the digital (if not more so!).  However,  I do think the story raises the question of how we best nurture young talent, both in and outside schools.

I like the idea of business advisors having surgeries in schools and youth clubs, helping young people to think about markets for their ideas, before they get squelched by the ‘real world’.  I’d love to hear of any case studies where this works (or doesn’t).

We’re lucky to live in a city like Manchester, where projects and partners are aiming to resolve  some of these issues.  Robots have been built at the  MADLAB,  and last year Innovation Manchester and the Manchester Innovation Investment Fund supported Creative Open Access – growing the inner geek in some of Manchester’s brightest young people.

Now a new course, also to be held at Cornerhouse, will not only nurture creativity in 18-24 year olds, but also introduce the skills to progress a career in the creative industries

At the core of the scheme, the kids at the App School will develop their ideas for an iPhone ‘app’, and they’ll work on those ideas throughout the programme. In addition, they’ll get training on things such as project management, team-working, presenting their work, and business & financial management. At the very end of the scheme, they’ll be pitching their ideas through to a panel of some of the city’s best creative companies – who, if they like what they see, will be able to offer them internships. If the ideas are good, the companies will actually create the ‘app’ as a joint venture.

If you know of any young people in Manchester, please help spread the word!

The course is being run by The White Room, in partnership with Manchester City Council, MMU, and Cornerhouse, and applications close next Sunday, 21st February.


NOISE’s Vic Turnbull presents to David Evennett MP, Shadow Minister for Innovation Universities and Skills, at the NOISE Symposium on formal and non-formal learning paths.

Vic announces exclusive news of a NOISE hub for creativity to be opened on Manchester’s Market Street. Watch this space for details.
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Noise festival are running a great event today in the Chinese Art Centre, Manchester, considering formal versus non-formal learning. I am inspired by the people and debate here. The issue of accrediting non-formal education was kicked off by Dan Buckley, Head of Personalisation at Cambridge Education. Dan talked about sending work to ‘experts who had been there and done that’ for accredition, rather than an examination board.

Accreditation seems to be about ticking boxes. A formal educational approach being applied to a non-formal process.

What seems more valuable than accreditation is ‘recognition’. Web 2.0 has opened up opportunities for recognition and ‘accreditation’ by a global network, by peers or by  ‘heroes’.  In areas such as technology, where young people may know more than some of their teachers, the group consider the real value of an accreditation certificate?

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Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino takes the stage for She’s talking about cool open source tech stuff from – an open source electronic prototyping platform. This is some of the cool stuff it can do Wow- Check out the laser-harp in at # 1!

Again, we’re amazed at the creativity of the young – watch these 8-11 year olds enjoying a hack-workshop.

Alexandra tells us “We (geeks) do more, we don’t just accept things as they are.” More things will become open and we will expect that we can change them. In this way the world will change fundamentally.

This is what I came here for.

But what about you? What do you think is the future in digital and geekery? To contribte to the debate, join us at the Manchester TEDx session on 2nd October

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