Google eyes as Sir Charles Kao students and Robert Halfon visit Future Founders programme

Halfon GoogleON Monday, Harlow MP Robert Halfon, visited Google Campus with students and staff from the Sir Charles Kao University Technical College in Harlow. Robert Halfon arranged for the students to be the first in the country, after the pilot program, to take part in Google’s new Future Founders programme. The program aims to inspire and equip the next generation of social entrepreneurs.

HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon said: “It was wonderful to have been able to bring the Harlow UTC to Google Campus today. The UTC is all about technology, engineering and vocational education and Google Campus is a great example of what the future can hold for their students. It is great that anyone can join and use the facilities at Google Campus for free and I am sure that many UTC students will want to do this.”

When students arrived, they were split up into teams to come up with their own social entrepreneurial projects for Harlow which they then had the chance to pitch to Google and Unltd, a social entrepreneur investment company.

Students discussed the things they love about Harlow alongside the things they’d like to be improved. They then had to come up with social enterprise business ideas which would help the social needs of the town that they had identified whilst making best use of all the good things that Harlow has to offer. There was a consensus from students that they would like more leisure and social opportunities for young people and the existing opportunities needed to be better communicated.

Assistant Principal and Head of Computer Science and Engineering at the Sir Charles Kao UTC, Patrick Tshala said : “The opportunity this have given to our students is amazing. We need to see more of this happening with companies reaching out and building relationships with the next generation. The students were encouraged to use their imagination to find innovative new ways of doing things. They will be able to apply the practical skills they have been taught today to help their communities and future careers.”

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