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Opportunity to Support Digital DNA

For the second consecutive year, Dalriada School in Ballymoney has won the Digital DNA Futures competition and will be heading off to San Francisco in September. Daniel Price and Noah Paterson, who have created Age Engage, an app to combat the effects of loneliness amongst the elderly, will embark on a once in a lifetime trip, visiting some of the worlds best tech companies.

Now in its 7th year, Digital DNA’s futures programme, is held in partnership with Sentinus, a charity promoting STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths). The programme is aimed at inspiring the next generation on the possibilities that digital technology provides. During the 8-week programme, over 1,000 young people aged between 13 and 14, were introduced to the fundamentals of digital technology, received a crash-course in coding and a brainstorming session to solve or embrace a real-world business problem or opportunity.

Explaining the importance of the competition for the School, Tim Gamble, Head of IT & Computer Science at Dalriada School and who accompanied the winning team to San Francisco last year has said "What sets this competition and opportunity for our young people apart from any other is the powerful legacy. The direct and indirect impact - both have manifested themselves in surprising ways and even the wider school community has benefited”.

During the trip, the two year 10 boys will have the chance to meet leaders from the world’s top technology brands including Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Salesforce, as well as experiencing the business and tech culture in the states with the aim of inspiring them for years to come. Last year's winners commented '...we will never forget this once in a lifetime opportunity that took place 5000 miles away… we learnt so much and we know we will be inspired for years to come.”

For more information on supporting the Digital DNA Futures trip or sponsorship opportunities, please contact simon@digitaldna.org.uk.

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