[python-uk] Wanna help? BBC Make It Digital 2015 - Partnerships (kids/coding related)

Michael sparks.m at gmail.com
Tue Dec 2 13:11:45 CET 2014


  [ Apologies if you receive this more than once. I'm doing

    this in part because I'm hoping people find it interesting,

    but mainly because I'm hoping it'll make we do better.  ]

Hi,


Hope everyone's well - long time no see.

tl;dr - we're building something to do with kids/coding, looking for
partners to express interest in working with us so we can share what we're
doing. I'm posting here because I'm hoping it's of interest.


There is a rather opaque post here  ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/aboutthebbc/posts/BBC-Learning-calls-for-expression-of-interest-from-partners-for-Make-It-Digital-initiative

 ... about something I'm involved with. I don't want to repost the whole
thing, but that means the following is a little out of context, but will
hopefully go some way to explain why I'm forwarding this here:

      In 2015, the BBC's Make it Digital initiative will shine a light
      on the world of digital creativity and coding -- in 2015 we want
      to capture the spirit of what we did with the BBC Micro, but
      this time for the digital age.

      ... we can only deliver at scale through working in partnership.
       This is why BBC Learning is now inviting expressions of interest

      from individual companies, consortia and organisations.

      As part of Make it Digital, we'd like to create a hands-on
      learning experience that allows any level of young coder from
      absolute beginner to advanced maker to get involved.

Because I'm involved with it - in building tech for it - I can't say much
beyond that post due to the fact we're required to share the same
information with everyone simultaneously (for obvious reasons I hope)

However, the reason I'm posting it here is because I'm hoping that it's of
interest, either to you who's reading, to someone you know, or an
organisation you work for/with. Or simply have contacts you feel should be
involved with this.

The way to get involved - which doesn't require a commitment at this stage -
is to simply visit the link above, take a look at the process we're
following (which the BBC has to follow), and pop an email to the address on
that page if you'd like to express interest.

If anyone has any questions, please not while I might/might not be able to
answer them here and now, as soon as I can answer them I will :-)

One question that has arisen though so far is "it looks like you're doing
something like X, I/my company/my contact do something like Y, is that of
interest?" please assume that it IS of interest :-)

Regards,


Michael.
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| Michael Sparks, Senior Research Engineer
| BBC R&D / BBC Learning, MediaCityUK, Salford, M50 2LH
| michael.sparks at bbc.co.uk, http://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/
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