young thinking

Fifteen-year-old coder Brandon Relph recently had the opportunity to help build a site using Drupal 8, becoming one of the first developers to deploy this new technology. It was fitting that the site he worked on aims to give young people the opportunity to be creative using technology.

Brandon, a talented young coder, attended a work-experience placement at miggle, an Acquia partner and Drupal specialist, to work on the launch of the ThinkNation site.

ThinkNation is the brainchild of Lizzie Hodgson, a digital specialist and Drupal evangelist. Last year, Lizzie organised the Digibury Weekender, a one-day tech, digital and cultural festival, and this planted a seed of an idea to create an event for young people.

ThinkNation is the result. This one-day event takes place on 5th December 2015 and will be hosted by Rick Edwards, the television presenter.

Young people, artists and thought leaders will come together to look at how technology impacts everyday life and is shaping the future, with talks addressing questions on artificial intelligence, space exploration, immortality, social media and screen time.

What struck me was how quickly Brandon was able to design parts of the ThinkNation site using Drupal 8. While the miggle team has built a fantastic site for ThinkNation, they also took ThinkNation’s mission to heart by giving Brandon a mission-critical role in the programme’s site development.

These initiatives, promoting transparency between parties and encouraging collaboration, mirror our Drupal culture. We are excited that Brandon had such a great experience using Drupal. Grass roots in technology has never been more important; every day we read that young people are failing to choose careers in the STEM disciplines. This skills shortage is resulting in poor productivity for the UK, according to The Economist.

Inspirational events, such as ThinkNation, will not only help the next generation to develop the skills they need to be productive, but also inspires future digital leaders

If you want to take back control of your web sites and applications then get in touch with miggle to see how we can deliver operational freedom for you in Drupal.

First published here