This event brought together people involved the area of young digital making, to shape the thinking on how we and the wider field should continue to support the growth of digital creativity activity for young people across the UK.
It was a chance to hear from a cross-section of the community on priorities for development; for attendees to share their own views; to reflect on the implications of the findings in our recent 'Young Digital Makers' report and co-create solutions for what needs to happen next.
Why now? 2015 presents us with a once in a generation chance to take Digital Making to a mainstream audience. Changes in formal education, alongside Make it Digital activities planned by the BBC and partners, will raise awareness and participation to unprecedented levels.
Our 'Young Digital Makers' report shows that young people have the appetite. 82% of them want to make digital projects, and parents are overwhelming supportive. At this event, we heard from educators, business, policy and delivery organisations on what they saw as the opportunities (and risks) ahead.
The report also confirmed that challenges remain - with only 130,000 face-to-face learning places outside of the classroom to service the 8.2m interested young people, for example.
The event included workshops developing creative solutions to challenges such as: such as scaling provision to fill geographic and demographic gaps, mobilising adult volunteers, aligning formal and informal learning, and culturally engaging new groups of young people in and out of school.