The internet is one of the most powerful tools ever invented. From self-driven cars to augmented reality games, 3D printing and artificial intelligence, technology is transforming our world. Young people have the advantage of growing up as digital natives and can adopt new technology quickly. At the same time they need the right motivation to use technology to their advantage. If we take the endless capacity of a young mind to dream and innovate and couple it with digital and coding skills, any young person can become a driving force for positive change in their community.
Liberty Global’s Future Makers program aims to create exciting ways for young people to learn the skills needed to thrive in the digital economy whilst creating a positive social impact. Through their partnership with CoderDojo they launched the Future Makers Awards to celebrate young people and their digital solutions that create a positive social impact.
The Future Makers Awards was launched at the CoderDojo’s Coolest Projects event in 2016 and since then they have organised several editions across Europe. Since the launch, over 1,500 young people have indirectly benefited from the program. 149 young people from 13 countries have participated directly by submitting over 133 tech-based project submissions that bring a positive impact to society by tackling issues like: education, health, politics, environment, wildlife conservation, refugee crisis and online safety.