There is no doubt that software is becoming a critical layer of all our lives. It is the language of our current and future digital world.
The expanding networking of everything and everyone — the growth of the Internet of Things and embedded wearable devices. The pervasive nature of technology resulting from amplified connectivity will influence nearly everything, nearly everyone, nearly everywhere.
Perhaps in the future, not knowing the language of computers will be as challenging as being illiterate or innumerate are today.
At Develop Me we agree that future innovation will come through disruptive technologies and collaborative social business models – however more importantly we firmly believe the change will come from people. People empowered, people with ideas and most importantly people with the knowledge and understanding to make things happen. The world of digital technology holds so many innovative solutions for society and the web is one of the most democratic tools ever created.
We also believe very strongly that nobody should get ‘left behind’ in the new economy. As the digital revolution increasingly touches every aspect of our lives, the UK needs a technology workforce that reflects the full diversity of the people who use that technology.
Develop Me was established as a business with a social mission; to ensure we create inclusive opportunities to enable access for everyone in society to participate in the digital economy. A platform to allow ideas people, developers, coders, designers and creative technologists from all walks of life to share and expand their knowledge.
Integral to our social business model is the creation of our ‘Opportunity Fund’ which provides corporate partners, sponsors and individuals a direct way to invest in financial support and training for underrepresented sections of society into the digital industries.
As a company we also directly invest 10% from the ticket price of our one day workshop programme into our ‘Opportunity Fund’. This enables us to train and up-skill a person from an underrepresented community on one of our introductory workshops for free.
We are creating a diverse learning community for the 21st century digital world. If you would like to support our social mission – please get in touch.