Speak to an expert : Live Chat exa online chat

EXALogo colourExa News

Exa celebrates International Youth Day with Digital Skills Fair

Over the past two weeks, we’ve hosted a Digital Skills Camp for young people in Bradford. Today,  on International Youth Day, participants will present the work they’ve done to family, teachers and local businesses.

The programme aimed to help participants learn about how digital communication and tech can be used as a force for good to help tackle climate change.

The Exa Foundation has been working with schools for seven years to inspire digital learners, and promote careers in tech. In addition to The Exa Foundation’s Learning Programme, we also run events for young people in the local area. The Digital Skills Camp is an example of this, and has been organised by Alan O’Donohoe, a former teacher and our Specialist Leader in Education. 

Alan identified a need to let young people develop digital skills beyond the curriculum and planned this event with that in mind. Participants could choose from their own interests to help inspire them going forward. While some attendees had coding experience, some had limited contact with Scratch and Python. 

On Monday 1st August, participants for the Camp arrived at Exa HQ, and after a few icebreaker sessions, they were asked:

What can you develop, change or build to:

  • Change people’s perceptions
  • Change people’s behaviour
  • Practically affect the environment

During the Camp, participants had access to Raspberry Pi and microbit devices, as well as  mentorship from Alan and other members of staff at Exa. The Camp encouraged freedom of thought and expected participants to think independently. Attendees came up with their own ideas, in a safe learning environment.

Three groups emerged, with different opinions and ideas on how to help the environment. Some key projects are:

Mission Save the Planet

The game shows people what the world would look like in 20 years if people continue to litter.

The Hill House Of The Future

This project encourages people to start building and living in hill houses as they are cheaper to use and help the environment in many ways. 

Ecocraft (Minecraft Sustainability Edition)

A Minecraft game coded from the ground up, based on collecting trash and putting it into the correct bins for points. This helps shift thinking and reinforce good habits.

Laptop Refurbishment

This project proves that not everything needs to be thrown away – even if it is broken. Participants took 14 broken laptops marked for landfill, and refurbished them into six working Linux systems.

Air data logger & air quality alarm

Air data logger: Displays a chart which tells you the temperature and the eCO2 in a space, with the hope of monitoring and improving on this.

Garbage Bomb

This game encourages people to recycle the correct items with failure resulting in explosive consequences!

Greenhouse Gas

This project demonstrates what our crops will look like if we don’t change our habits and tackle air pollution.

Each project takes a slightly different approach, and really shows the skills and creativity of the Camp’s participants. We’re so proud of their achievements that we’ve invited parents, teachers and local businesses to come see what these young people can do.

The Digital Skills Fair will run between 10:15 and 12:15. The impact of the Camp has been immense. Because of the Camp, three participants can now take home their own Linux laptop, refurbished from old, broken hardware. Also, after learning Python, participants are able to take home a Raspberry Pi computer to further their skills at home.

These two weeks have been a fantastic showcase of young talent in the city, and we hope to host similar events in the future. Keep checking back for updates.

Keep up to date with our news

Suggested Next Read

Related News Articles

The Exa Foundation

Contact us


Contact us

Is DarkLight connectivity best suited to you?

Dark fibre is perfect if you are looking for a potentially limitless, ultrafast connection with complete flexibility and control.

If you fully rely on the internet, a dark fibre connection could be the best option for you.

Is Leased Line connectivity best suited to you?

Leased Lines are best suited to you if you have high bandwidth requirements and need a reliable, uncontended service.

It is ideal for you if you regularly carry out large uploads and downloads, use cloud based services and a VoIP telephone system as well as video conferencing, for everyday communication.

Is GPON connectivity best suited to you?

GPON is a great choice for you if you need gigabit speeds but don’t need them to be symmetrical. It is becoming more widely available across the UK but may not be immediately available to you yet.

Is Rural Fibre connectivity best suited to you?

If you want to make the move to full fibre, but are based in a rural area, this option is for you.

Is FTTP connectivity best suited to you?

If you have a number of users who use cloud-based applications to upload and download data on a daily basis, but don’t transfer large amounts of data, FTTP might be your best option.

Is Gfast connectivity best suited to you?

If your line cannot support a minimum of 100Mbps, this connection is not for you. Gfast must meet the speed as a minimum. 

If your line meets this need, and you’re looking for an ultrafast, consistent and reliable connection without the hassle and upheaval of construction work – this could be a good fit.

It’s worth noting that Gfast is a stop gap to FTTP, and is not a technology that is likely to be around for a long time.

Is FTTC connectivity best suited to you?

If you need more bandwidth but don’t really need a guaranteed speed, FTTC could be for you. It is widely available throughout the UK, making it suitable as a main connection. As this connection provides higher speeds than ADSL, it is also a good option for a back up to a leased line.

As with ADSL, once the PSTN is turned off in 2025/26, FTTC will become virtually obsolete and at the very least you will require FTTP to remain connected.



Office hours

Monday: 8:30am – 5pm
Tuesday: 8:30am – 5pm
Wednesday: 8:30am – 5pm
Thursday: 8:30am – 5pm
Friday: 8:30am – 5pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed


Contact us

Office hours

Monday: 8am – 4pm
Tuesday: 8am – 4pm
Wednesday: 8am – 4pm
Thursday: 8am – 4pm
Friday: 8am – 4pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed


Contact us

Office hours

Monday: 8am – 5pm
Tuesday: 8am – 5pm
Wednesday: 8am – 5pm
Thursday: 8am – 5pm
Friday: 8am – 5pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

Is DSL connectivity best suited to you?

DSL connections offer very limited bandwidth so it might be right for you if you typically use the internet for less data-intensive tasks. If you’re sending emails, browsing the web, downloading very small files and working with small amounts of data – you should be fine with DSL.

It is worth noting connections based on copper wire, like DSL, will be switched off in the UK by Openreach, with a phased approach due to begin at the end of 2025. If you don’t have a fibre connection at the moment, you’ll need to upgrade this as well as move to a VoIP telephone system.

Technical Support

Contact us

Office hours

Monday: 8am – 6pm
Tuesday: 8am – 6pm
Wednesday: 8am – 6pm
Thursday: 8am – 6pm
Friday: 8am – 6pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: 10am – 4pm