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MakerClub BrightSparks Nominated at Tech4Good Awards 2017!

The MakerClub BrightSparks programme has been nominated at this years  2017 Tech4Good Awards – it’s a tremendous achievement that puts us in the same company as previous winners like, Professor Stephen Hawking, Code Club ActionAid, and founder of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales!

But, we need your help…

What is BrightSparks?

BrightSparks is a programme that helps give kids from low-income families the chance to learn life-changing technology skills. We partner with local digital companies in close proximity to our MakerClub spaces and ask them to provide sponsorship and volunteer support in-club over a period of 12 months.

We do this because we believe that all kids should have access to a clear learning pathway around creative technology. The digital sector represents a way out of poverty to many of these kids and MakerClub is a great headstart

It’s win/win, with digital companies helping their community while improving their own talent pipeline, and BrightSparks kids get weekly mentorship and access to the awesome tech equipment where they can make their inventions a reality.

So far, we have over 20 companies involved, including:

  • Propellernet
  • gene
  • Ribot
  • Madgex
  • Advice Cloud
  • Chirp
  • Barclays
  • ClearLeft
  • ThisisDrum
  • Xoom Talk
  • FutureLab
  • Brilliant Noise
  • Ocasta Studios
  • Pragmatic
  • DapApps
  • Cloud Helix
  • Jollywise
  • OurFutureCity

If you’d like more info, head over to the BrightSparks page for more details about how you can get involved.

How can you help us win?

For us to win this year’s,Tech4Good Awards, we need your votes!

You can either go directly to theTech4Good Awards voting page…


…if you’re a Twitter user, you can send a tweet with the hashtag #T4GBrightSparks in it (Tech4Good Awards tracks the hashtag and RT’s). Your tweet might look something like this:  

Loving @MakerClub #TG4BrightSpark programme – helping kids get the best start in life with tech!

MakerClub Kids in bournemouth

Seeking volunteer tech Superstars to help at MakerClub!

We’ve had a fantastic year at MakerClub this year! We now have clubs open in 6 UK cities and about 100 young members coming weekly to learn about robotics and 3D printing, and now we’re looking for volunteers to help us teach the next generation.

With so many young makers coming through our doors, we need some enthusiastic volunteers and mentors to help them on their way to becoming the world’s next up and coming inventors!

Are you a STEM superstar? Do you have experience working with young people and an enthusiasm for technology? If so, get in touch to volunteer at MakerClub!

We’re recruiting in Birmingham, London and Norwich.

For more information please contact