Pathways to tech conference: explore tech careers for young people – book now

Spotlight on Pathways to tech conference and the speakers – book now

Put 24 March in your diary and join us for a conference that brings together education and industry experts to explore pathways to tech careers for young people. 


Open to all educators of 11-24 year olds, both formal and non-formal, the day will feature live practical activities, panel discussions and industry insights. Book your free ticket now to attend any or all of the sessions on the day.


The conference is organised by TechPathways London, which has been supporting educators in increasing their digital skills and confidence for the last two years. The programme has reached more than 900 educators from over 500 settings.


Discover more about the programme for the day and the exciting line-up of speakers in our selection of highlights below.


Programme and speaker highlights


Equality in tech with GEC Futures is a panel discussion with the Global Equality Collective (GEC) looking at gender representation in tech education and careers. 


The session will be led by Nicole Ponsford (co-CEO and founder of the GEC). She told us what it’s like to run the GEC and what a typical day looks like.


She’s joined by panelists Jade Parkinson-Hill (founder of Steam School), Caroline Keep (physics teacher and director Spark Penketh) and Dr Holly Powell-Jones (founder of Online Media Law UK)


Read an interview with Dr Holly Powell-Jones and find out more about Caroline Keep in our video interview, where she talks about the digital skills she uses and what advice she’d give to young people looking to enter the digital sector:





Using real-world journeys in your careers programme is an interactive panel session looking at why real-world career journeys are an essential component of a successful careers programme. Clare Ludlow from London Enterprise Adviser Network will contextualise the session in careers benchmarks and objectives. You will then hear professionals in London’s tech industries discuss their own career journeys and have the chance to ask them questions.


One of the speakers is Farida Danmeri, CEO and founder of Learning Connected. Farida’s career has taken her from conservation to tech via criminal justice policy and teaching.


We asked her, what’s it like to found a global tech platform? Here’s what she told us



Also on the panel is Waleed Arshad, product manager at Snyk. He chatted to us about his career journey, in-work training opportunities and why you don’t have to be a techie to work in tech – watch his interview



The panel is completed with Sam Roots, a freelance innovation consultant. Find out what digital skills he would encourage educators to support young people to develop, and the advice he’d give them, in his interview with us


 What’s next for digital learning? In conversation with Sarah Horrocks and Sheila MacNeill


In this unmissable session for educators, director of the Connected Learning Centre Sarah Horrocks will be joined by Sheila MacNeill, education consultant and former chair of ALT (the Association for Learning Technology) to discuss what the future holds for digital education following the pandemic. They will explore the practicalities, possibilities and potential pitfalls of learning technology, with a focus on pedagogy and embracing uncertainty.


Sheila MacNeill spoke about ‘embracing radical uncertainty’ at our recent ‘Digital learning in the pandemic and beyond’ conference run in collaboration with the Association for Learning Technology. Catch up with a recording of Sheila’s session


Practical sessions


Don’t miss the two practical sessions of the day:


Switching the story – young people and social media with Kristina Andrulyte, training facilitator, The Social Switch Project

In this taster session, test your knowledge on some of the most popular social media apps, learn how to have conversations with young people about their social media use, take a look at the impact social media has on a young person’s development, and discover three simple tips on how to have a more positive experience online.


Filmmaking with what’s in your pocket – practical workshop

In this practical session, we will look at how you can make, and support others to make, high quality film using mobile devices. The workshop will cover:

  • understanding the ways that film can support work with young people (including showcasing work and offering feedback)
  • simple filmmaking techniques
  • the settings and options available when making film on mobile devices
  • simple film editing techniques
  • how to share and showcase video easily

Don’t forget – tickets are free and you can attend any or all of the sessions with your ticket. Book now!