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GENEROUS DONATION ENABLES YOUNG PEOPLE TO ACCESS INCREDIBLE COMPUTER TECH

Thursday 10th July 2014

Leading holiday tech camp provider, Fire Tech Camp, welcomes a generous boost to its scholarship programme this week, which will enable more children aged 9-17 to be part of the latest developments in computer science.

Winton Capital Management, the London-based investment manager, has donated £10,000 to Fire Tech Camp’s scholarship fund to help kids and teens make the most of modern technology, using equipment and learning computing concepts that lie outside the scope of most mainstream education.

The work of Fire Tech Camp is part of a huge national initiative to engage young people with digital technology. Many clubs and maker-themed events have embraced 2014's “Year of Code”, ahead of computer programming becoming a part of the national curriculum this September. While coding has been a popular staple of Fire Tech's own curriculum since the company was launched in 2012, it also offers students unusual opportunities to get hands-on with technology. Participants might create, for example, their own robots, animated films, video games, music tracks or 3D-printed wearable tech.

Winton’s deep commitment to the scientific method means that it actively seeks to support the latest in technology education and research. Robin Eggar, Winton’s Head of Communications, said: “At Winton we love maths and science. The company has always been committed to actively encouraging research and education as well as engaging the public in how better to understand risk. It is very important for all our futures that young people are given as much opportunity as possible to embrace and engage with computer technology.”

Fire Tech Camp's founder Jill Hodges welcomed the generous sponsorship, “We've been able to self-fund a number of students successfully in our scholarship programme so far; with the funding from Winton Capital we should be able to support 20 to 40 more Fire Tech Campers! We are looking for young people who are fascinated by computer science and want to be a part of the next generation of tech entrepreneurs and inventors, but need a little help to get started.”

Scholarship applicants need to submit a short video to Fire Tech Camp explaining why they want to take part in their chosen course, and how much funding they would need. There are still places available on this summer's holiday programmes in London, Manchester, Bristol and Brighton so anyone interested is encouraged to get their applications in quickly! More information is available at www.firetechcamp.com/scholarships.

About Fire Tech Camp:
Fire Tech Camp is an ambitious start-up, providing holiday and weekend tech courses for children and teens in the UK. Since launching in 2012 at their flagship location of Imperial College in London, Fire Tech Camp has empowered hundreds of young people with computer science and digital technology skills. In Summer 2014, they are launching in three of the UK's leading digital cities – Manchester, Bristol and Brighton.

About Winton Capital Management:
Winton is one of the largest, most successful, alternative investment management companies in the world, and a leader in financial mathematics and empirical scientific research into financial markets. Founded in 1997 UK-based company now employs over 300 people, including 140 scientific researchers with PhDs and Masters Degrees and has offices in London, Oxford, Hong Kong, Zurich, Sydney and New York.

More information: Please contact Madeleine Patston (Marketing Manager) at madeleine.patston@firetechcamp.com or on 020 8123 5239. Journalists interested in covering Fire Tech Camp are welcome to attend a course session.