11-year-old Whitgift coder launches tech company giant’s campaign to raise awareness.
Whitgift’s Upper First Form pupil, Femi Owolade-Coombes, fronted a campaign by ARM, an international FTSE 100 technology company, launching their ‘Made Possible by ARM’ campaign. The campaign raises awareness of how technology can benefit future generations and, according to a spokesperson, is a ‘homage to people who look beyond restrictions and use technology to explore the boundaries of what is possible’. Femi was selected as someone who embodies the ‘those that dare to dream’ ideology and fronted the video campaign that appeared across their social media channels this week.
The 11-year-old Whitgift Design Technology and Engineering Scholar has had a busier year than some people have in their lifetimes. Femi was presented with the Diana Award's inaugural Legacy Award, by The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, in May. The award, in memory of the Princess of Wales, was created to mark the 20th anniversary of her death, and is aimed at inspirational youngsters from around the world, selected specifically for their exceptional qualities of kindness, compassion and service.
Femi then crowdfunded a trip to Bangladesh, in July, to run workshops targeting hundreds of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds. The sessions entailed building robots and using micro:bits as an introduction to coding. Through generous sponsorship from the Microbit Foundation, Femi was able to gift 100 micro:bits to the participating groups so that they could continue learning.
Apart from running regular coding workshops with his South London Raspberry Jam initiative, Femi has also recently:
Set up his own business with two successful 'Femi's Coding Bootcamps' to date
Received his Diana Award at Barclay’s Bank head office
Attended a reception at the House of Lords as a Diana Award recipient
Spent two days at Price Waterhouse Coopers learning about cyber-security and ran a micro:bit robot challenge workshop for the team
Toured Google UK’s headquarters by invitation
Given a speech with the CEO of Mozilla and ran his micro:bit robot challenge workshops at MozFest (a subsidiary of Firefox)
To view the ARM ‘Made Possible by ARM’ campaign and to also explore Femi’s blog documenting numerous and varied exploits, click on the links enclosed.