A programme to encourage and enable a generation of young people to create rather than simply consume technology.
Digital technologies touch almost every aspect of life and business – but relatively few people create them; most people just use them. We want to mobilise a generation of young people with the drive, confidence and know-how to make new technology – whether websites, apps, hardware, games or brand new innovations. Here's how:
Make Things Do Stuff is a platform that gives young people the tools and support to make and share digital things. It's been created by a group of like-minded organisations that want to inspire young people to be creators, not just consumers of digital technologies.
We think that by working together we can make more noise and a bigger impact on the lives of young people so that every young person sees technology as a way to make new things and solve real problems.
The consortium is built on the following values, and if you share our values we'd love to work with you:
We will be launching the Make Things Do Stuff platform at the end of May to drive demand for digital making skills among young people and give information on how to participate. In the meantime, take a look at the site so far and find out more: www.makethingsdostuff.co.uk
Watch this space for updates on the progress of Make Things Do Stuff.
Nesta, Nominet Trust and Mozilla are backing seven organisations with bright ideas for significantly increasing the number of young people who participate in digital Making. These seven ventures will receive a share of the £260,000 - up to £50,000 each - and non-financial support to scale their projects and reach more young people.
Back in November 2012, we launched the Digital Makers Fund to support initiatives that invited mass participation, used young people's interests and passions to drive demand and were noisy advocates, who would shout loudly about this work, champion digital making activities and help to raise demand amongst young people.
Read our latest thinking and follow our progress in the Digital Education blog.
We are holding monthly open office hours, inviting social ventures in the digital education space to come in and share their idea, product or service, or talk about any issues they are experiencing. Get in touch if you'd like to take part.
Want to be a digital maker? Check out our useful tools and resources page for information on some of the great tools, products and events that are already championing and teaching digital making skills.
Digital Makers builds on our landmark Next Gen. report, which looked at how to transform the UK into the world's leading hub for the video games and visual effects industries.
Download the report here.