Tech professionals asked to support next generation at iDEA sessions

Over the next 5 years, iDEA (inspiring digital enterprise award) programme, inspired by the Duke of York and Nominet Trust, aims to equip 1 million young people with the skills needed to succeed in digital enterprise.

The Key_Your Potential Unlocked are delivering iDEA across the North East, helping to support the thriving digital sector grow and build a strong foundation of talent for years to come.

The Key are looking for guest speakers and experienced digital professionals to join us in supporting the next generation workforce at our upcoming Discovery events.

Guest speakers are invited to open the event with a member of our team, giving a short presentation about how they where they are now, their experience of the sector or any inspirational stories they wish to share. This should only last about 15 minutes.

We would also like some members of the industry with experience in digital technology or start up to give up to 3 hours to speak to small teams of aspiring digital entrepreneurs to discuss ideas, experience and the sector from the perspective of an employer.

The events we have available are:

23rd May, 9:30-4:30, Newcastle Digital Skills Academy (Newcastle College)

28th May, 9-5pm, Northern Design Centre, Gateshead (Northumbria University)

11th June, 1- 5pm, Sunderland University, St Peters Campus

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain a little taster in to what is expected to become a prestigious and high profile programme, with support already coming from ambassadors such as, Nick D’Aloisio (Summly) and Michael Acton Smith (Mind Candy) and the likes of Google and Spotify.

If you wish to sign up, require more information or want to find out about other opportunities available through iDEA, please contact Alex Black on 0191 223 8802 or

Further information can be found at