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SOFA WITH ENTREPRENEURS IN PLYMOUTH

Today, we are having a great chat on the sofa with entrepreneurs to learn how to run a business every day as part of the AYCH Incubation Programme, in Plymouth.

“The successful warrior is the average person, with laser-like focus” Bruce Lee

The Aych incubation program is designed so that non-formal education reaches all young people in an informal, close and close way in which they feel a total accompaniment.

QUESTIONS: OLIVER RAUD

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Oliver Raud answers us with this interesting article to our three questions. Oli is Strategic Funding Manager at Plymouth College of Art

Can you explain what a Creative Jam is?

A Creative Jam is an event, as well as a process that provides participants the opportunity to bring ideas to life, prototyping products and services that respond to an identifiable challenge/issue/problem, based on a selected theme. In the AYCH project, we have chosen a number of themes that include challenges linked to sustainable development, social innovation, environment and climate change, circular economies, waste, mobility, mental health and (un)employment, among other societal issues of our time. As all partners of the AYCH project share borders, we also share a responsibility to develop new solutions centred on human and natural capital that will benefit us and future generations. The Creative Jam is the place to explore this, take risks and create agency among our young people to be the change that is needed in the world. The ultimate ambition for partners is that the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs Creative Jams will launch the ambitions and careers of a new generation of socially and environmentally responsible young people seeking to tackle societal issues of the future, placing creativity and design at the heart of place-based development and regeneration, empowering them to pursue careers or educational pathways in the Creative Economy and beyond.

What are the benefits that activities like this can bring for the youth of your city?

The benefits are manifold. Through the Creative Jams, as well as the wider project, we teach Key Enabling Technology (Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) are a group of technologies that have a wide range of product applications such as developing low carbon energy technologies, improving energy and resource efficiency, and creating new medical products. They have huge potential to fuel economic growth and provide jobs) and Social Enterprise skills that expose young people to emerging economic opportunities, jobs and growth. This not only helps young people to learn digital, design and creative skills that are increasingly the driver for innovation it also brings them together, collaborating in teams with colleagues from across the Atlantic area. They can learn from one another and build connections, in a fun, dynamic and energising environment, whilst having fun and making new European friends. With a strong link to employers and industry, both delivering workshops and forming part of the judging panel during the Creative Jams, participants are able to speak to, interact with and learn first-hand from experts and entrepreneurs to build aspirations and break down the hierarchies that often impede young people’s progress – it gives a face to employers and young people can better understand the routes into (self)employment and education. Employers also act as mentors and support the personal and professional development of project participants, nurturing the workforce of the future that will need to be adaptable, collaborative and tech-savvy. For the city, it can build a bottom-up movement of young people that are looking to support the development of their local area and a pipeline of talented people that can actively support the growth of local economies and communities. “This project is not just about Smart Cities, it’s about Smart Citizens”.

In what way can an event like this influence the education of a young European?

The learning of these skills enables young Europeans to develop and gain a closer insight into Higher Education and Skills, enterprise and what is needed to gain those valuable attributes that can support their careers and lives. However, as technology is increasingly democratised and easy-to-access – 3D printing, IoT, VR etc. all of which are being taught as part of AYCH), so must education be. A major driving force of AYCH is the development of an education programme, that takes the ethos, values and elements of what is delivered among Higher Education but it is brought out of the institutions and delivered in non-formal settings, thus making it no longer the reserve of just fee-paying students. We believe this is the way that the most change can be affected, for the most amount of people and really gives credence to the notion that education is for all and in an knowledge economy, a skilled and creative workforce and citizens is arguably our most important asset. We want to give agency to our young people and empower them to make positive contributions to society, using an educational programme that is inclusive, entrepreneurial and rich in design-thinking theory, creativity, technology and media. We are looking for people to join us, on this journey, so please feel free to get in touch if you feel can contribute to any of these aspects of the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs project.

First local AYCH Creative Jam: Young people from Devon learn how to use design thinking and digital fabrication to make their city a better place to live in!

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As part of the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs project, the first local AYCH Creative Jam was organised at the Plymouth College of Art last month and challenged young people from across Devon to re-imagine their city and step from ideas to prototypes with the support of experts from the creative and cultural sector.

Young people aged between 16 and 30 years old from across Devon met at Plymouth College of Art for the UK’s first Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs (AYCH) Creative Jam, an innovative, free two-day initiative to help young people develop their design thinking, digital making and enterprise skills.

Over the two days, young people were encouraged to re-imagine their cities and communities, with experts from sectors including the creative, technology and digital, startup and enterprise, on hand to teach them creative, design and enterprise skills to help transform their ideas into reality. Using tools ranging from 3D Printers to laser cutters, participants learned skills in coding, filmmaking and even virtual reality. Across the course of the workshops, the young people formed teams to develop their ideas ready for pitching to a panel of expert judges at the end, who scored each idea for factors including how much social impact the project would have.

6 Innovative ideas for a more sustainable & dynamic city

 

#1 The AR app (winner of the Creative Jam) from Alex Surgeon and Neo Tomlinson (between 14 and 16 years old) from Space* Youth Services came up with an application giving access to art and advertisement on the public spaces through Augmented Reality, a brand new and eco friendly communication style only visible on the city walls through the smartphone once the digi code scanned.

 

#2 The Empathy Centre (most investable project)

Chloe Bayliss, Kyle Mclaughlin and Faith Earls, all aged between 16 and 18, travelled to the Creative Jam from Space* Youth Centers in Tiverton and Exmouth. This centre would be a place to socialise and learn more about the needs of others, including neuro-diversity and mental health conditions, through a combination of physical and Augmented Reality experiences and workshops, in order to increase

 

tolerance and solidarity between individuals.

#3 The Fruit

 

opia project (most impactful project) by Kirri Hansford and Kezz Crockett both students at Plymouth University and Sophie Alie from Plymouth (all in the 20s). They came up with this urban farming project which would be located in the main avenue in downtown Plymouth leading to the Lido pool. Inspired by the Incredible Edible movement, their objective is to reconnect people with nature and promote a healthier lifestyle by having fruits and veggies grown by and for the Plymouthians, the local restaurants will also have the opportunity to buy the fresh fruits and veggies to promote the circular and sustainable economy.

 

#4 The Bio Dome Project from Thomas Martin Loveder, student from PCA and Jamie Fernandes from a Youth Service in Exeter and Anthony Wing, and Karl Okai Koi from Plymouth Youth Services (also in their 20s) which would be implemented on a roundabout of Plymouth, the objective is to create a biodiversity oasis to reconnect people and become a place to be and to socialise while growing plants and taking care of nature.

 

#5 The City Grid from Emily Baily and Aaron Piper (in their 20s) from Space Youth Services, came up with a new transportation system carbon free and electric powered to reduce the impact on the environment and be less noisy in the city but also have strategic connections to the different attractions / work spaces, that enables all ages and abilities easier access to a city / towns social / economic infrastructure.

 

#6 Get Set Charge project from Lucy and Emma Taylor (between 14 and 16 years old) from Plymouth Youth Services came up with a mobile charging system to include in the sports machine located in the parks, while working out your phone get charged thanks to your energy, one more reason to get some fresh air, enjoy the time outside and be more healthy.

 

Bringing European expertise to young people in the South West

Experts from across the Europe travelled to Plymouth to mentor the young people in everything from why startups fail and how to start a successful business, to social media marketing, sound design, immersive VR technologies, and how to successfully capture important moments in film and photography.

 

Re-imagining Plymouth

Adam Cook, Founder of HillValley Research and Chairman of the  Enterprise & Innovation Subgroup at the South West Business Council, opened the two days of workshops with a keynote speech to the young people about what futurism is and the importance of thinking big when it comes to thinking about the future, conservation and transforming your community for the better. This led into a workshop for all of the young people, encouraging them to “Re-imagine your city”.

Adam said: “A lot of the projects that the young people have come up with are ambitious, but they’re all achievable. As an environmentalist I’m particularly interested in some of their ideas about greening. One of the great things to come out of the Creative Jam has been meeting all of these people at the beginning of their ideas. My door will be open for any of the participants who want to chat with me for business advice or tips about public speaking in future.”

 

Next Steps and AYCH opportunities

The participants now have the opportunity to take their ideas forward through the AYCH incubation programme.

AYCH opportunities:

  • Creative Jams

September 2018 in Angouleme, France. October 2018 in Plymouth, UK. November 2018 in Brest, France. April 2019 in Gijon, Spain.

  • Tech and Entrepreneurial workshops
  • Internship scheme in the Creative and Cultural Sector
  • Incubation programme and International Residencies across Europe
  • Online Courses around design thinking and digital fabrication

 

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AYCH project

The overall AYCH project, that the Creative Jam is a part of, is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme, designed to promote transnational cooperation among 36 Atlantic regions in five European countries. The AYCH aims to develop new approaches and interventions within existing youth settings, as well as in both formal and non-formal education settings, to connect young people, creative and social business leaders, with experts in emerging and disruptive technologies and creative industries. This will take place across a network of “Atlantic Horizon Hubs” that will help them to develop ideas, new products and services.

 

Oli Raud, Strategic Funding Manager and AYCH Project Manager at Plymouth College of Art, said: “Seeing young people at our first Creative Jam recognising the importance that digital and enterprise skills have in helping them to shift their societal roles from passive consumers, to active makers and agents of change, was a real privilege. We’re proud that the college is able to lead these activities, both in the city and across Europe with our transnational partners.

 

“There are more events and opportunities coming through in the project, locally and among the partner network, that students and young people across Plymouth can get involved with, so we’d be very happy to hear from you if you want to find out more. You can contact either me at oraud@pca.ac.uk or Project Coordinator, Eli Zahoui at ezahoui@pca.ac.uk.”

 

SAVE THE DATE 23 & 24 October: Creative Jam for Young Creatives and Social Entrepreneurs to shape the future!

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As part of the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs project, PCA is hosting the second local Creative Jam (Hackathon) to challenge young people from across Devon to shape the future and step from ideas to prototypes with the support of experts from the Creative and Tech sector.

Creative Jam – Shaping the future at Plymouth College of Art

CALLING ALL CREATIVES AND SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURS

Learn | Design | Create | Pitch

 *Creative Jams are a two-day intensive ideas event that allows you to learn new skills, design new ideas, create products or services and present the ideas to experts. The event will take place at Plymouth College of Art’s Warehouse, 44 Regent Street, on 23 and 24 October 2018. You can now register for the Creative Jam here.

 *Who should attend? Are you aged between 16 – 30? Do you have exciting ideas that could change the world? Are you interested in social or ethical businesses? Are you ambitious and want to make the world a better place through innovation, creative thinking, digital design, and collaboration while learning new skills?

*What’s up from the last Creative Jam in July? One of the great teams is still working on their project called the Empathy Centre, which would be the implementation of an Empathy Centre to raise awareness and tolerance around mental health issues through AR and VR, here in Plymouth. #Social #Impact #Plymouth #AR

*AYCH opportunities

You can attend:

  • Local Creative Jams: October 2018 in Plymouth, UK and in Angouleme, France. November 2018 in Brest, France. December 2018, in Lugo, Spain. February 2018 in Plymouth, UK.
  • International Creative Jam: April 2019 in Gijon, Spain.
  • Tech and Entrepreneurial workshops
  • Internship scheme in the Creative and Cultural Sector
  • Incubation programme and International Residencies across Europe
  • Online Courses around design thinking and digital fabrication

*AYCH project. The overall AYCH project, that the Creative Jam is a part of, is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Interreg Atlantic Area Programme, designed to promote transnational cooperation among 36 Atlantic regions in five European countries. The AYCH aims to develop new approaches and interventions within existing youth settings, as well as in both formal and non-formal education settings, to connect young people, creative and social business leaders, with experts in emerging and disruptive technologies and creative industries. This will take place across a network of “Atlantic Horizon Hubs” that will help them to develop ideas, new products and services.

British Talent in Santo Tirso’s company : An internship framed under the Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs project

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Since 9 July, three British students are undertaking an international internship in Santo Tirso company Adalberto. This professional exchange is framed under the European project Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs (AYCH), a transnational partnership in which the Municipality of Santo Tirso, through INVEST Santo Tirso, is the Portuguese representative.

The AYCH project aims to support and promote entrepreneurism and youth employment in the creative sector. This partnership is formed by some of the most prestigious schools and universities in the creative industries area and includes institutions from Portugal, Spain, France and the United Kingdom.

The AYCH program provides young people with a wide range of opportunities to develop their potential, from the participation in transnational events, to workshops or incubation programmes. Another option that participants may choose is to take an international internship in companies based within the region of one of the project partners. That is the case of three young British students from the school “Learn to Re-Create: Fashion and Textiles Education and Production”, who are undertaking a six weeks internship in the prestigious company Adalberto. This company, based in Santo Tirso, is the European leader in design, innovation and production in the areas of fashion and home textiles and exports to more than 40 markets.

The company has no financial costs with the internships, taking advantage of the professional technical skills of these students of the “Fashion and Textiles” course and, at the same time, providing all the accompaniment and technical support needed to the practical learning of these future experts of the area.

Aimed to promote youth entrepreneurism, the programme foresees that these young people can opt, at the end of their experience, to integrate the Fashion and Design Incubator of the Fábrica de Santo Thyrso and develop their business ideas, fulfilling their entrepreneur potential. Within this European initiative, it is expected that young students from Santo Tirso may also participate in these international exchanges, thus benefiting from an important platform to boost their early career.

AYCH at the Education and Training Exhibition of Santo Tirso

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From the 18th to the 21st of April, the Municipality of Santo Tirso, one of the partners of Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs, hosted the 1st Exhibition of Education and Training of Santo Tirso, where AYCH was presented.

This Exhibition, which was predominantly aimed at Young People, introduced different educational and training offers. For that purpose, it had the presence of 40 institutions, including 21 Universities, 14 schools, 2 qualifications centers and other institutions that support the network of education, training and entrepreneurship.

AYCH was promoted in this event at the Invest Santo Tirso STAND in order to inform young people about its activities and value. The Invest Santo Tirso program was created in May 2015, with the aim of boosting the county’s economic development and job creation. During the event, many youngsters learned about the opportunities that the AYCH project offers within its objective of supporting the entrepreneurship and employment of young people in the creative sector.

Stay tuned to our social media to know where and when other events will take place!

AYCH Launch Event in Brest / 18th may

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Brest will officially launch AYCH project with a local meeting involving local partners (College of Arts, FabLab, Youth Inclusion Service, Start-up Support Services)

The event is open to entrepreneurship and employment stakeholders and youth workers, but also to young people interested in the program.

Three project partners will attend the meeting: Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities (CAAC), l’Ecole de Design de Nantes Atlantique (EDNA) and CARENE.

The project will be launched by Michel Gourtay, 4th vice president in charge of the economy.

Followed by Gwenaelle Goyat, project coordinator for Brest Metropole, and Tamara Espiñeira, from CAAC, who will introduce the project

Local partners will present their expectations from this project

EDNA will introduce design thinking methodology, with contributions of young people who took part in Lugo event

A panel of Chamber of Commerce and Industry stakeholders will present the opportunities in the cultural and creative sector.

In the afternoon, EDNA will propose a workshop dedicated to young participants aiming to experiment design thinking methodology.

“S’way Tales – Stories of a community”, Plymouth, UK

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S’way Tales was established as a pilot partnership project, working with a small cohort of young people, Southway Community Group, a burgeoning Community Interest Company (CIC), Southway Play Care Charity, Plymouth Community Homes, Local Councillors (elected local representatives), local youth and community groups, local residents, and Fotonow (CIC) and Plymouth City Council Community Connections Youth Workers.

The project stemmed from identified issues within the community, specifically social isolation amongst residents (older and parents). Engaging with local young people, the project sought to identify innovative ways to both develop young people’s understanding of digital (lens-based) technology, whilst collaborating within a community environment. Sessions included; project development, filmmaking, photography, audio recording, interviewing, editing and event management / exhibition production.

The project culminated with a community event, on Saturday 19th May 2018, the day of the Royal Wedding. The young people’s work, a short-film, project photos and portraits, were exhibited to the local community and wider stake holders. This pilot social history project, led by young people, brought a community together whilst offering informal education in digital technology – working with the ethos of ‘visual culture for social change’.

The project that was kindly supported by donations from #Luscombedrinks #Aldi #Cooperativefood #Langagefarm #ABCBouncyCastles and co-financed by Interreg.


#swaytales #fotonow #southwaycommunitygroup #southwayplaycare #plymouthcommunityhomes #plymouth #AYCHEU #Creativeyouth #intergenerational #notwithoutme

Business challenge at Nantes Atlantique School of Design

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Within the project Atlantic Youth Creative Hubs, l’Ecole de design Nantes Atlantique is working on methodological support for project acceleration through the design thinking tools. Through the project, the school works for their dissemination and appropriation to partner hubs.

During 3 days, 45 students in MDes Mutations in the built environment and Urban Design worked on an innovation challenge. The objective of the innovation challenge was to test, deploy and improve design thinking tools to go from ideation to project realization.

Several themes of the city such as heritage, transport, sports, trade spaces or third places have been explored with the aim of proposing an innovation. Experts then intervened (CAPEB Pays de la Loire, Nantes Métropole, Nantes City Lab, Nantes History Museum, DICI Design, Design in, ID4CAR competitiveness cluster and NOVABUILD) to validate hypotheses and propose deployment tracks at the end of the challenge.

More information here.

Save the date: Creative Jam in Plymouth

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The Creative Jam is an innovative, free two-day initiative aiming to support your design thinking, digital making and enterprise skills. It will take place on the 31st of July and 1st of August 2018 at the Plymouth College of Art.

Book your free ticket via Eventbrite.

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