Developing digital talent
brightsolid have been recognised for supporting and nurturing local talent by holding student workshop visits in our Dundee headquarters. Working with the Universities of Dundee and Abertay as well as local colleges, we facilitate workshops and interactive knowledge sessions that we hope will inspire tomorrow’s tech leaders.
By giving insight into what it means to be a digital enterprise in today’s commercial climate, we hope to support entrepreneurial drive and encourage students from all backgrounds to take up a career in the technology industry.
Using our own team of talented experts, we illustrate that there are lots of development opportunities in Scotland and brightsolid are just one of many organisations helping young Scots into the growing digital economy.
Some of our community partners
Kids Code Club
Free computer programming course in Dundee
Code Club is a fun fuelled, FREE, computer programming course designed to help young digital enthusiasts between the ages of 9 – 11 years’ further their interest in computer gaming and technology whilst making new friends. Code Club is a national, after-school programme held by volunteers for all young people with an interest in computing; the tools and techniques used are easy to learn with all levels of experience encouraged to attend.
Connected by a national network, Code Club provides an active community for all those interested in computing, gaming and technology. Our local Code Club, run by the Dundee Contemporary Arts and supported by brightsolid, takes place on Thursday’s after school between 6.15pm and 7.30pm in the DCA Activity Room, with our Head of Emerging Technologies, Kenny Lowe.
To find out when the next code club is set to run, Get in touch with the DCA to register your place.
Dundee Games Jam
Code Club, Dundee City Council and brightsolid have joined forces to bring the first ever Games Jam for primary school pupils to Dundee. The event brings together kids from across the city who love gaming for a day of coding and knowledge sharing, with the best 3 teams picking up prizes for their self-created games.
Among judges this year were our Head of Emerging Technologies, Kenny Lowe and Minecraft mastermind, Chris Van Der Kuyl. Event organiser, Louise Foreman commented, “The Games Jam #loopdundee offered our young digital learners the opportunity to experience first-hand the essential skills required for a career in the games design industry and empowered them to no longer be consumers of technology but creators and innovators of technology. It offered real connections to the world in which they live and provided the opportunity to further develop transferable skills such as communication, problem solving, resilience and team work”.
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Dundee Tech Meetup
A hub for innovation
Dundee Tech Meetup is a knowledge and information sharing forum established in 2012 by a number brightsolid employees, including Brian Davidson and Kenny Lowe, who continue to organise the Meetup with help from Andy Cobley from the University of Dundee and Chris Gilchrest from web design agency Hitreach.
Since its inception, the Meetup has provided a place where like minded individuals from varying backgrounds can come together and talk about what they love – technology as well as being informed and entertained in the process.
Brian Davidson comments:
“I believe the popularity of the Meetup stems from the diversity of what we offer. The projects that people come to talk about are as varied as the application of technology. Something we decided early on was the talks shouldn’t be too code heavy and more accessible to anyone interested in technology. It has served us well over the years, since formation and as a result, we have a strong following of attendees.”
“It’s been our own experience that when discussing technology with those coming from different perspectives leads to innovation and that’s the basis of the Tech Meetup in Dundee. The general nature of Tech Meetup does indeed mean it’s one of a kind in the area.”
Scottish STEM Activities
STEM initiatives are something that the brightsolid team are really passionate about. Approximately 20% of our team are STEM Ambassadors using their enthusiasm and commitment to encourage young people to enjoy STEM subjects and educate them about the possibilities which come from pursing STEM subjects and careers. brightsolid recently partnered with Young Scot to run a STEM awareness day in Aberdeen at Robert Gordon University. Over 100 high school students attended the event to find out more about the types of careers open to them beyond school.
BBC Make it Digital Tour
The BBC Make it Digital Tour visited Dundee for the first time last year aiming to showcase local innovations and knowledge, and to give people the opportunity to learn more about the digital world and coding. brightsolid was a partner at the event, providing expertise and helping to get people excited about digital industries. The event was a great success, attracting a large number of families throughout the weekend who participated in our interactive workshop teaching the basics of coding.
Next generation of IT
Engaging in local initiatives
brightsolid engage in a number of initiatives whose aim is to educate, encourage and nurture the next generation of dynamic talent.
Dundee Science Centre are one of our key partners and the annual ‘Celebration of Engineering and Science’, hosted at the centre, is a day that we look forward to every year. Run by Young Engineers and Science Clubs Scotland, the celebration sees talented young learners from across Dundee, Fife and Perth came together, bringing their own science, technology and science projects with them to show their fellow STEM enthusiasts.
Each year, brightsolid run one of the STEM challenges. Our challenge is designed to inspire creative thinking and problem solving. We’re looking forward to next year’s celebration!
The Saltire Foundation
Supporting Scottish economy
The Saltire Foundation is an organisation close to our heart, their ambition is to find, fuel and spark the next generation of Scottish business leaders. Founded by the GlobalScot network in 2005, many of our employees have undergone either their Scholar or Fellowship Programmes.
Katie Dawn Armstrong, John Tilsner, Tina Dickson and Andrew Bond were successful in gaining a place on the Saltire Scholar programme. All of them are now active members of the Saltire Alumni Network which works to support career development and growth through bringing people together.
To find out more about The Saltire Foundation, or to apply to one of their programmes, visit their website here.
Our visit to brightsolid was like visiting the Google offices – employee orientated, bright, modern and professional. Having happy employees says a lot.
Dundee University Undergraduate Student
The visit helped me with areas of my final project which I was really worried about. Now seems a little less daunting now I understand a bit more about data management.
Dundee College Computing Student
Digital excellence in Tech City
IDEALondon: INNOVATION AND DIGITAL ENTERPRISE ALLIANCE LONDON offers a once in a life time opportunity to new media companies to develop and grow with expert mentoring and support. The three founding champions – DC Thomson, brightsolid’s parent company, CISCO and UCL ‘bring their own strengths and specialist knowledge to the table, enabling us to offer an unrivalled level of support to a wide range of businesses’.
‘ Our aim is simple – we want to help up-and-coming businesses be the very best they can be. We believe our flexible, bespoke approach to training and mentoring combined with our well-equipped state-of-the-art work space make us the ideal environment for start-ups to achieve the success they deserve’.