Launched in 2015, TechMatch aims to nurture talented tech and digital A Level students from Sussex Downs College and give them real taste of working with local businesses. Students are provided with a year-long, part-time project opportunity.
Our first cohort of students from the college, recognised by this award, are Lewis Hobden, Alex Powell, Tom Vanner, Steve Benge, Ollie Hancock, Theo Pilbeam, and Joshua Ruane.
At an award ceremony held at Winter Garden, Eastbourne on Tuesday 10 May, four students from the scheme and TechMatch coordinator Kevin Jones took to the stage to accept the award from sponsor Peter Fenwick, President of the Rotary Club of Seaford.
Organisers from SPARK, a network for young people’s organisations in East Sussex, reported that competition was extremely high this year, which makes the win an even bigger achievement.
Students worked with companies such as PRG, Switchplane and Towner Art Gallery.
They created a range of bespoke digital solutions – from an installation based on the Internet of Things, where everyday devices such as kitchen appliances, cameras and toys can be connected to the internet, to a mobile app that allows visitors to the South Downs appreciate art works based on their surroundings.
“Being recognised by a SPARK Award has really helped raise awareness of TechResort’s innovative TechMatch programme. We have a large pool of young creative and digital talent and are looking to create more opportunities with local businesses to provide project opportunities.
With more businesses on board, together we can continue to grow our digital and creative skills locally.”
Kev Jones, TechMatch Coordinator for TechResort
The TechMatch programme was only made possible through a significant grant that TechResort received from the Coastal Communities Fund, as part of a larger consortium win for Eastbourne. Their work is part of the Driving Devonshire Forward regeneration programme, managed by Eastbourne Borough Council and Eastbourne Homes.
From left to right:
Aidan Delaney, TechResort Director
Will Callaghan, TechResort Director
Lewis Hobden,TechMatch student
Peter Fenwick; President of the Rotary Club of Seaford
Steven Benge, TechMatch student
Tom Vanner, TechMatch student
Bryony MacKenzie, BBC South East Education Correspondent
Alex Powell, TechMatch student
Kev Jones, TechMatch Coordinator
Photographer: Nigel Bowles