On Tuesday night, we had some fantastic news. TechResort and students involved with our TechMatch scheme scooped up an outstanding award at the SPARK Awards 2016. 

Launched in 2014, TechMatch aims to nurture talented tech and digital A Level students from Sussex Downs College and give them real taste of working with local businesses. Students are provided with a year-long, part-time project opportunity.

Our first cohort of students from the college, recognised by this award, are Lewis Hobden, Alex Powell, Tom Vanner, Steve Benge, Ollie Hancock, Theo Pilbeam, and Joshua Ruane.

At an award ceremony held at Winter Garden, Eastbourne on Tuesday 10 May, four students from the scheme and TechMatch coordinator Kevin Jones took to the stage to accept the award from sponsor Peter Fenwick, President of the Rotary Club of Seaford.

Organisers from SPARK, a network for young people’s organisations in East Sussex, reported that competition was extremely high this year, which makes the win an even bigger achievement.  

Students worked with companies such as PRG, Switchplane and Towner Art Gallery.

They created a range of bespoke digital solutions – from an installation based on the Internet of Things, where everyday devices such as kitchen appliances, cameras and toys can be connected to the internet, to a mobile app that allows visitors to the South Downs appreciate art works based on their surroundings.

Kev Jones, TechMatch Coordinator for TechResort said:

“Being recognised by a SPARK Award has really helped raise awareness of TechResort’s innovative TechMatch programme.  We have a large pool of young creative and digital talent and are looking to create more opportunities with local businesses to provide project opportunities.

With more businesses on board, together we can continue to grow our digital and creative skills locally.”

The TechMatch programme was only made possible through a significant grant that TechResort received from the Coastal Communities Fund, as part of a larger consortium win for Eastbourne. Their work is part of the Driving Devonshire Forward regeneration programme, managed by Eastbourne Borough Council and Eastbourne Homes.

TechMatch will run its second programme in 2016  and is looking for tech, digital and creative industry companies to take part. Interested? Get in touch with Kevin Jones on kev@techresorteb.com

Photo credit

From left to right: Aidan Delaney, TechResort Director; Will Callaghan, TechResort Director; Lewis Hobden,TechMatch student; Peter Fenwick; President of the Rotary Club of Seaford; Steven Benge, TechMatch student; Tom Vanner, TechMatch student; Bryony MacKenzie, BBC South East Education Correspondent; Alex Powell, TechMatch student; and Kev Jones, TechMatch Coordinator. Photographer: Nigel Bowles