Digital Wave 2017
06 Oct 17
Digital Wave is an annual event held in Bournemouth, the home of the country's fastest-growing digital economy, exclusively for 14-19 year olds. As one of the largest career conferences held in the South a selection of acclaimed speakers and exhibitors came to help inspire the next wave of digital stars - including; creative and technical roles to marketing and management.
When it came to deciding who to send to Digital Wave, it was really a no-brainer, both Ollie and I have done/are doing an apprenticeship: Ollie in coding, and I in Digital Marketing. We decided who better to talk to the students than the two most recent students? We arrived at Digital Wave - running behind schedule; we could already tell the day was going to be hectic! We started to set up our brand new banner, which we hadn’t actually practised putting up before - but luckily we had Luke to help out!
We set up the stand with our Makey Makey - a fun kit which we hooked up to bananas and used to play snake with the bananas as the keys, it’s safe to say the students loved it! (so did I).
I enjoyed spending time talking to the students and telling them how I got an apprenticeship in digital, as well as seeing a few of my old teachers there too! It was also a great opportunity for us to talk to some companies in the same field as us and spend time networking, we even managed to win some great things for the office like our poster and coasters! (thanks to Crowd and Createful) We also had a great time trying out VR and drawing with a 3D pen.
Throughout the day Ollie and I ducked in and out of the talks, taking turns watching the stand, and we both agreed that the talks were extremely insightful. Personally, I really enjoyed Mike Hawkyards talk. It was great, (even for someone that has never seen Star Wars - it was fun to watch an x-wing fly through a row of people's legs 😄).
Ollie really enjoyed Tom Davis’ talk, a very inspiring career that he has developed for himself over 5 years. At only the age of 22 Tom had already worked for Samsung and is now an ambassador for Microsoft. Overall all of the talks were so interesting and engaging which led to a very enjoyable day for Ollie and I.