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EPIK (Encouraging Programming in Kent) and the rest of the UK!

EPIK launched its1st competition in May 2012 as an initiative designed to encourage young people, especially those in NEET to engage with computer programming and all things technical in a creative and fun way by making programming attainable and reachable by all as a vocation.

EPIK's annual competition comprises of a £1000 prize fund with a growing list of prizes from our sponsors. Through the Gala event on the 4th September we aim to give youngsters the opportunity to showcase their work to 80 IT professional and entrepreneurs as a demonstration of just what they can already do.

EPIK is a profiling tool, used to find talent who is naturally pre disposed to being our next engineers through competence based skills, rather than academia. They would benefit from working with people in the IT industry who could act, not just as an employer to an apprentice but also as a mentor introducing a young person into their industry through work based learning and sharing with them what they know best.

Through our work with the EPIK initiative over the last 18 months, we have meet many Geeky youngsters who for one reason or other, had failed to engage with our current educational system and repeatedly said they were not being supported at school/home, as non understood or valued what they liked doing.

So we decided to do something about it and realised that what we could do through our company was very small and not scalable, we would forever be that drop in the ocean but if we created a Geek Hub and house projects like EPIK and other like minded initiatives, collectively that drop could build into a self sustaining wave.

Our supporters to date:-

Open University, BCS (British Computer Society), P&O Ferries, Profile IT academy, Canterbury innovation centre and ionCube Ltd, everyone of the people involved in getting the support from these organisations and companies are Geeks themselves equally passionate as we are in wanting to support our Geeky youths to ensure we inspire our kids to want to be the next creators of technologies and programmers rather than just their users.

 

If you find what we do resonates with you, please do get in contact I am always looking for like minded people who can see value in what we aim to do.

 

More details available on:

LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/pub/dorine-flies/42/87/7a9

http://www.facebook.com/epikprojectuk

epik.org.uk

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