Age is no barrier
Create:2014 held a conference for young people, made by young people. The inaugural event was an all-day show held in the midst of the week-long CultureTECH festival that ran throughout Derry Londonderry. The CREATE:2014 team, all of whom are aged 16–18 years’ old, organised the whole show.
A few hundred schoolkids were exposed to a range of speakers and panellists that had made remarkable achievements outside of the standard professions. Speakers from around the world included Michael Sayman from Florida, who’s still well short of the legal drinking age yet was profiting from iOS app development at 13, and is now working at Facebook. Or Kate Russell, presenter on the BBC’s Click programme. Some of those onstage were still attending school in the daytime, while running global businesses in the evening. One message was clear and consistent from all those presenting: any kid can be a self-made success.
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