Greetings and welcome to the first event review post for my blog and we are starting with a biggie the Tech Camp week long event I attended from 9th -13th May. So let’s get to it, I and 30+ other younger and older people from North and East London were selected to participate in this, what I am going to call work placement/training style event with 5 different companies and organisations a different one each day. The idea behind it was to show what skills are needed for a career in digital and how many of the people currently working for these companies got to where they are, plus what each of these organisations do and how they do it. The companies and organisations involved were Navada Group, Salesforce, Digilab, Havas Media Group(Socialyse), Hewlett-Packard Enterprise. Starting on Monday 9th May 2016 with a day at the Simulacra Studios in Brixton with the Navada Group working with them on the marketing content for the new Noel Clark movie ‘Brotherhood’ the final movie of his ‘Kidulthood’,’Adulthood’ trilogy. We started by learning who the Navada Group are and what they do check out their website for a detailed description Navada Group Website after which we got right into making some fan/user generated content for the movie from short films to poems and actual fan art it was an exciting day to kick off the week and let everybody get comfortable and know each other.
The second day spent with Salesforce at their UK HQ in Heron(Salesforce)Tower at 110 Bishopsgate right in the heart of the city. During which we were introduced to Salesforce what they do and how their product works, after which we were set loose on the Salesforce training web portal ‘Trailhead’ from which you can learn all about how Salesforce works and develop your skills and gain certification in the use of Salesforce as both an Admin or Developer. The team from Salesforce were on hand to give us any advice or help we needed if we got stuck or had difficulties in completing any of the modules a real friendly bunch always happy to help and let us know how they ended up working for Salesforce or what skills they thought were key for the new digital age. They have an amazing office with views to die for from the 26th floor and the lift was almost like a rollercoaster ride in of itself, just my kind of day packed full of databases, data modelling and learning to use the world’s number 1 CRM package.
Day Three was spent in Barking with Digilab and the Thinkology team learning how to improve our cognitive abilities and practising our presentation skills, we learnt about many things including mindset, the habits that can hold us back like judgement, routine, and others after a tasty lunch we worked on a business idea in small groups that we would present at the end of the day in a ‘Dragons Den’ style exercise. Finally, we learnt about the skills to giving a good presentation/pitch including the 4 pillars of good communication, A great day which gave me a lot to think about.
The Four Pillars of Good Communication
Day four was spent with the Havas Media Group and the Socialyse team in their office in Leicester Square in the heart of London’s west end, we started by learning who and what Socialyse do and how they do it including their four C’s method, they used when working on a project the four C’s in order are, conceive, create, connect, collect. The first task before lunch(after getting stuck in a lift for 5 minutes) was to write out a typical week in social media, what channels are people using? how and when do they use them? you can see the board upon which wrote out our answers in the photo gallery above, we then as a group presented our answers to everyone. After an AMAZING Nando’s lunch selection we worked on a ‘live’ brief to give us an example of what an actual project might look like, in this instance it was for Nando’s sauces which are now available in supermarkets after being given a written copy of the brief we got into our previous groups and using the above 4 C’s method came up with campaign ideas such as mine #ShowUsYourNandos and some of the other teams amazing #NandArt and #PeriPeriPoetry after which we presented our ideas to the group. This was by far my favourite day not only because of my love of all things Social but also because of the Socialyse team themselves were so cool and friendly(not that the others weren’t) but the guy’s and gal’s at Socialyse had that X-factor it was the only real day I went home feeling super excited and energised.
Day Five the final day was spent again in the heart of the city in Bishopsgate with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise(HPE) the guys who make servers and other interesting client API’s after an introduction from the big boss and his story of how he ended up working for HPE we split into small groups and did several tasks from a ‘million pound drop’ style game quizzing our knowledge to visiting the server/data centre room which was amazing see the photo above to finally learning about the servers themselves there is a photo of one of the blade servers above worth £25,000 in the gallery above. After such an action-packed morning we had a lovely burger and wedges lunch followed by some CV and interview skills work in the afternoon with a job fair to round it all off. This week-long event was amazing and so helpful in many ways from improving my CV’s looks to giving me much confidence in presenting and asking questions, not to mention also giving me some great connections with some blue chip companies as well meeting all the great people who were on the Tech Camp. In conclusion this was a life changing event and I can’t thank the organisers enough for all their hard work and friendliness, I’ll definitely be keeping in touch with some of the people I’ve met and implementing all the things I’ve learnt so until next time.
Auf Wiedersehen Menschen