5th October 2020
Fire Tech, the edtech company that runs cutting-edge tech camps for 8 to 17-year-olds, is one of five edtech startups accepted onto this year’s WISE Accelerator, one of the world’s leading programmes for edtech startups.
The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), an initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF), aims to help the world’s highest-potential edtech startups build and scale to make a positive impact on learning and the future of work. Over the coming year, Fire Tech will join three other global edtech startups to receive support from mentors and WISE partners to scale up their operations, improve their international visibility, and identify potential partners, donors and investors. WISE provides coaching, mentorship, participation in WISE international events and a vast network of potential partners, donors and investors in the field of education.
Fire Tech’s online tech camps inspire and educate students about the technologies that are shaping the world around us. They are made up of engaging challenges that bring technology to life, on topics including artificial intelligence, video game design, Python, and augmented and virtual reality. Each class, made up of no more than 8 students per class, is live-streamed by one of Fire Tech’s expert tutors, who are recruited from the UK’s leading universities and trained to instruct effectively online.
Each year, Fire Tech supports thousands of students via their online courses taught by expert tutors from the UK’s leading universities like Cambridge University, Imperial and King’s College London.
Since launching, the company has delivered over 70,000 learning experiences to young people across the world and partnered with some of the world’s biggest brands like Amazon and Barclays, and with international governments in Oman, the Seychelles and Gibraltar.
Founder and CEO of Fire Tech, Jill Hodges, said:
“At Fire Tech, we are committed to inspiring young people across the world to create and learn with the latest technologies. We also believe deeply in the power of partnerships and networks in making this happen. That’s why we are so proud to be part of this year’s WISE Accelerator cohort, and benefit from the immense support and network that the programme offers to edtech companies like us. We are growing fast and have big ambitions for the future. We are looking forward to working closely with WISE and the Qatar Foundation to help achieve our potential as we set out to become the world’s leading platform for STEM education.”
About Fire Tech
Fire Tech’s mission is to give young people the tools and inspiration to become the tech creators, makers and leaders of the future. We have delivered over 70,000 learning experiences to young people across five continents. Courses include Python coding, AI, cybersecurity, robotics and digital media production. Each workshop is designed to teach young people 21st-century skills such as design thinking, collaboration and problem-solving. All of our programmes are taught by tech-savvy teachers from some of the UK’s leading universities. We run holiday camps, residentials and courses in school term times in over 20 locations across the UK.
Jill Hodges started the company seven years ago when she realised that she couldn’t find a way for her own kids to learn creative tech skills, either in or out of school. She wanted to provide a place where kids could get their hands dirty and experiment with a wide range of technology concepts.
The UK needs an additional 38,000 workers with computer science-related skills, including 21,000 computer science graduates, to meet labour demands every year – or the economy faces losing out on an estimated £33 billion a year by 2030, according to recent independent economic research conducted for Amazon by Capital Economics.
Contact: Jill Hodges, Founder and CEO of Fire Tech