Saturday 25 May 2019

Fermoy TechSpace project seeking tech savvy volunteers

Bill Browne

Ireland's leading youth organisation Foróige is seeking the help of 'tech-savvy' adult volunteers from the Fermoy area to take part in an initiative aimed at harnessing the potential of the next generation of budding entrepreneurs.

The Foróige 'TechSpace' programme aims to inspire young people to harness their innate interest in all things tech and become digital creators by giving them free access to the appropriate hardware and software under the guidance of trained and experienced creative mentors. 

Emma Browne, club development worker with Foróige, said Techspace would be open to interested participants aged from 10-18. 

"The programme offers young people the opportunity to explore various multimedia and smart technologies in a fun and creative environment, while developing skills in communications, problem solving and team work," said Emma. 

She said that specific topics covered under the umbrella of the programme would include app development, animation, video making and editing, sound production and photography. 

"TechSpace will not just be about how much people already know about technology. Rather, it will be about inspiring young people to tap into their creativity and interest to become inventors using the technology that is already around them," said Emma. 

She said that TechSpace organisers were seeking volunteers to oversee the various activities and play an active role in supporting participants as they progress their projects.

"While people from all backgrounds are welcome to join us, it will be of particular interest to those with science, computer and technology backgrounds," said Emma. 

"Volunteers will receive induction training, professional development training, facilitation, teaching and youth work experience and the opportunity to pass their skills onto young people with similar interests," she added. 

Anyone interested in volunteering for the Foróige TechSpace programme in Fermoy can contact Emma on 086 314 4777 or email .