Technocamps in the spotlight as Philip Hammond pledges 'proper support' for Welsh economy

Swansea University’s Technocamps project is making headlines this month, as on a recent visit to Swansea, Chancellor Philip Hammond pledged that the UK government will ensure industry and research in Wales is "properly supported" after Brexit.

Technocamps is a programme which has received more than £5m from the European Social Fund in the last funding round.

Led by Swansea University, it aims to encourage thousands of pupils through after-school clubs and boot camps to develop their computer skills and explore everything from app development and coding to artificial intelligence. It has already helped more than 40,000 pupils since 2011 but European funding has been the backbone, enabling it to employ 25 staff.

The Technocamps project is part of Swansea University’s Computational Foundry. The new £32.5 million world-class facility will act as a beacon for research collaborations and will look to attract leading researchers to Wales, placing Swansea at the heart of a thriving regional ecosystem of digital companies and research.

Technocamps robots in schools

The ‌Computational Foundry ‌is backed by £17m from the European Regional Development Fund and will drive research into computational and mathematical sciences and make Wales a global destination for computational scientists and industrial partners.

Visit the links below to view the latest news coverage of Technocamps:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-45549845

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-wales-45611372/it-s-very-fun-the-school-children-learning-coding

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-wales-45581725/from-technocamps-to-software-developer

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