Technopop London is a new four-week, pop-up festival that will be bringing cutting-edge science, technology, design and innovation to schools, students and families in London this autumn.
Run by a newly created social enterprise, Technopop Ltd, it aims to educate children about science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), encourage and support the diversity agenda, and work with local community groups to provide access to science and technology facilities where they are currently lacking.
Supported by developer Oxley International Holdings, Technopop aims to inspire, enthuse and inform up to 100,000 young people about the ideas and innovations that will shape their future in both work and play. The festival will take place at The International Quarter (TIQ) on the edge of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, from 8 October to 2 November 2014, and is free for all children and students aged 6 to 19.
I first learned of Technopop last year from a Be2camp regular, Philippa Grantham of Studio Klaschka, as the festival includes a week dedicated to the Built Environment, from 22 to 26 October 2014. Innovation in architecture and engineering, smart cities and future transportation are just some of the subjects that visitors can explore, and I’m encouraging clients and organisations I work with to get involved. Perhaps, if you work in PR or marketing and/or have architecture, engineering or construction clients who might be interested in promoting STEM subjects to young people, you could do the same?