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DIG­I­TAL di­vas who know their ap­ples from pears are needed for an all- ex­penses paid com­puter project.

In­spi­ralba’s Dig­i­tal Hack, which has ex­clu­sive use of Camp­bel­town Back­pack­ers hos­tel from June 27 to 29, is look­ing for young peo­ple who sleep, talk and eat game de­sign, an­i­ma­tion and film, or dream of get­ting in­volved.

The project will build on the suc­cess of the dig­i­tal sum­mer school de­liv­ered on Bute last year, at which young peo­ple came to­gether and gained skills and ex­pe­ri­ence in dig­i­tal work and took for­ward their dig­i­tal projects.

Feed­back from the Bute event was very pos­i­tive with sev­eral of the young peo­ple hav­ing gone on to use the skills in em­ploy­ment and fur­ther train­ing.

The Hack will bring peo­ple to­gether to work as a team to cre­ate dig­i­tal prod­ucts with a fo­cus on all things zero waste.

An In­spi­ralba spokesper­son said: ‘ We will then be able to use the prod­ucts to pro­mote re­cy­cling, re­use and avoiding waste through the Zero Waste He­roes project over the com­ing year, which is funded by Zero Waste Scot­land.

‘All travel costs, ac­com­mo­da­tion and meals will be pro­vided, and In­spi­ralba can help with travel ar­range­ments too.

‘ In re­turn, we ask par­tic­i­pants to come along with their cre­ativ­ity, en­thu­si­asm and en­ergy.

‘ The Hack pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for young peo­ple with an in­ter­est in the dig­i­tal sec­tor to gain real work ex­pe­ri­ence in prod­uct devel­op­ment, which will as­sist in enhancing their CVs or fu­ture ap­pli­ca­tions for jobs or fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion.

‘ Dig­i­tal skills are recog­nised as a growth area of the Scot­tish econ­omy and with the roll- out of dig­i­tal broad­band to ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties there are a host of op­por­tu­ni­ties for young peo­ple to utilise these skills.’

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Linda McLean: Lm­clean@ in­spi­ralba.org.uk or call 01586550044.

Work dur­ing last year’s hack.

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