AVEIRO TECH CITY IN NUMBERS Oct 12th - WORKSHOP BY CEDES
In the workshop “Aveiro Tech City in Numbers” the results of the main activities implemented so far and their impact on the participants and on the city, both quantitatively and qualitatively, were presented. This was a session useful to get to know the project in a global way, where the main activities carried out since its beginning were under analysis.
A short interview with Ana Mendes and Filipa Soares from CEDES - SLIDES
Which activity within the ASC project was most successful according to the data that you collected and why?
“Looking at the numbers, Tech city bootcamps were the most successful activity carried out until now. The initiative consists of an intensive training program, dedicated to unemployed, students or employed professionals looking for new career opportunities. It aims to promote coding competences among citizens who wish to work in ICT ecosystem as Full Stack Developers.
At the end of this program, people that attended to it, entered into the labour market as developers and programmers; they not only developed technical skills, but also soft skills such as problem solving, relational capacities, communication, etc.; the training within the companies, carried out after the “frontal lessons”, worked as an accelerator. We reported 100% satisfaction form the point of view of the attendees and 75% of them found a job (even considering the pandemic).
So, strictly in terms of results, the Bootcamp is the activity that has shown the best figures (essentially quantitative) but, if we think about the multiplying effects on the region and its community in the medium and long term, there is no doubt that we recognize Tech Labs as one of the most effective initiatives.
Through this project it was possible to equip schools in Aveiro with “tech kits” and train teachers to the use of this equipment, made of different tools such as 3D printers, circuits, robots, etc., in order to provide STEAM activities to pupils.
If we compare the number of participants involved in the two activities, we are talking about 59 trainees in the three editions of the Bootcamp vs. 7,078 Primary and Secondary School teachers and students involved in the project as a whole (i.e., even in the short term, we are talking about much more far-reaching effects in the case of Tech Labs). Tech Labs also reported outstanding evaluations that we observed both in quantitative and qualitative dimensions.
Moreover, we believe that the effects of Tech Labs are multiplying in the sense that the seeds of interest, knowledge and skills for STEAM areas are being shown in children from 5-6 years old to 9-10 years old, which will guide their entire academic life and professional future… And, we should not underestimate the knock-on effects on the whole community that we have already seen in the years 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 in which children have influenced parents, who, having never accessed the internet, bought computers and started using it to access online services.
On a total of 7.078 people to be involved, in Primary Schools: 140 teachers + 2.985 students (all of the 31 Primary schools of the Municipality) will take part to these activities; in Secondary School: 34 teachers + 3.919 students (10 Schools of the Municipality) will participate. And these numbers reflect just the beginning of the investment made by Aveiro municipality in this activity. This will not only be pursued in the future, as is also meant to be implemented on a supra-municipal scale, generating multiplying effects in the region.”