Earlier this week, thirteen young people looking to pursue a career in the technology sector embarked on the first ever CW Techsters 5G Bootcamp.
Video produced by Tyla Sharp and Steven Munyard
CW Techsters is a digital skills programme designed to promote digital inclusion and diversity, attracting and empowering young people (aged 16-22) with the skills to thrive in the digital economy and champion economic, social and environmental change. The 5G Bootcamp is the second stage of the programme. It gives the young people access to industry role models who can work with them to help them achieve their career ambitions, while feeding their thirst for technical knowledge.
Our cohort of thirteen young people applied to join the Bootcamp after completing the first stage of CW Techsters – the online learning. Aged between sixteen and twenty two, from as far afield as Poland, and from diverse backgrounds, these students shared a passion for technology and were keen to learn more from the industry mentors present on the day.
Following an opening keynote, Zahid Ghadialy, Senior Director of Technology & Innovation Strategy at Parallel Wireless and Principal Analyst & Consultant at 3G4G, led the students through an in-depth 5G training course covering the mobile technology basics, the evolution of mobile technology, some 5G concepts and popular use cases. He was joined later in the day by Dr Yao Wenbing, CSO & VP of Business Development and Partnerships at Huawei, who provided her insight on the tech trends that are coming our way in the next four years, from “living with bots” (as many as 14% of the world’s population will live with intelligent domestic robots) to “tailored streets” (cellular V2X tech will be in 15% of the world’s vehicles).
“The CW Techsters programme has so far been an eye-opening experience, with detailed training sessions on 5G technology and its applications and limitations. It has also been a great opportunity to network and meet others with similar technical interests. I am looking forward to the final stage of the programme, in which we apply our knowledge as a team and formulate some ideas to address a real-world problem.”
Akaash Thao, CW Techsters 5G Bootcamp Participant
Significantly, for CW yesterday was an abundance of firsts. Not only was it our first hybrid event, but it was our first event with face-to-face delegates since coronavirus started and our first event designed just for students.
Many thanks to S-Tech Insurance Services for sponsoring the prize draw, and to the individuals and companies who have supported CW Techsters throughout, including:
- Elysia Moore, Information Services Degree Apprentice, Anglian Water
- Yiru Zhong, Senior Market Development Manager, 1NCE
- Simon De Young, Senior Partner, PwC
- Iva Gumnishka, Founder & CEO, Humans in the Loop
- Zoey Zhang, Public Affairs Manager, Huawei
- Huawei, for their partnership of the programme
- St John’s Innovation Centre, for hosting the live events
The next stage for this cohort of CW Techsters students is the Ideation Workshop where our young people will work with real engineers and industry mentors to apply their technological enthusiasm and knowledge to a real sustainability challenge: the global trash crisis. Charles Sturman introduced this topic to the cohort at the end of today’s session, let’s see what solutions are brought to him in July!