TechTensta

How can technology inspire and incentivize youth towards higher education and progress?

TechTensta

How can technology inspire and incentivize youth towards higher education and progress?

Challenge

Through technology, motivate and engage young people to explore together and see the practical value of knowledge.

The meeting point and digital workshop space ”TechTensta” will contribute to raise knowledge about ICT for the young people in Järva. TechTensta’s different meaningful and fun after school activities will strengthen the young people in their personal development, abilities, initiatives and driving forces through mentoring.

A Tech-House could contribute positively to young people in Järva in several ways:

  • Increase knowledge of ICT and motivate to higher education
    Create role models and develop young people’s social networks
  • Promoting security and giving young people something productive to do after school
  • Creating a gender venue where both girls and boys can be on equal terms
  • Through events and functions at Tech Farm create “odd jobs” that provides a first line of young people’s CV

Ericsson, KTH, Stockholm City

  • Mission in the citys’ KF-budget 2017 and 2018. Steering committee established.
  • Funds from the Vinnova “Realitylab” regarding pilot study (0,3 m SEK, supportlevel 100%)
  • Means from the citys’ social investment fund
  • Possible additional funds examined
  • Project plan determined
  • Space rented and opened
  • Setting up operation
  • TechTensta has moved forward to the second round of its nomination for Team of the Year at Framtidsgalan. The event will take place at Vasateatern november 20.

More about TechTensta

In spring 2015, the council of the Spånga-Tensta district proposed that young people from a suburban area should be offered summer jobs in Stockholm City Hall. Against the background of this idea, the city executive board created a youth commission. This group worked during the summer of 2015. The youth commission consisted of 13 young people from Spånga-Tensta who worked during the summer holidays. They were commissioned to provide input for a socially sustainable Stockholm, primarily in the Järva area. The purpose of the project was to explore the conditions for interaction between the ICT cluster (information and communication technology companies in the Kista industrial area), the City of Stockholm and young people in Järva. The youth commission performed study visits, workshops and interviews, as well as investigating the ICT companies' ambitions and young people's dreams and thoughts about the future. One of the conclusions that the youth commission arrived at was that some ICT companies had a desire to contribute to a better Järva. However, the companies lacked a counterpart in the City of Stockholm to interact with.

The youth commission also concluded that young people in the area around Järvafältet wanted a high-tech youth farm, a so-called Tech Farm. The purpose of the Tech Farm is top promote inspiration among young people to be educated in ICT and receive mentor support from the university and ICT companies. Given that there is a lack of structured strategies to promote contact between good role models and young people on their way to adulthood, the most important thing is that the Tech Farm should be a natural meeting place for young people to meet role models. What will bring this about is that most of the Tech Farm activities will occur in Tensta Tower, in the same building as a couple of hundred students will live in. These will be very likely to visit the Tech Farm; they will also be involved in contributing to the activity content of the Tech Farm. In this way, valuable ties will be formed between young students and young people in Järva, ties that could be crucial to the development of rest of the lives of young people who are at risk of being marginalised.

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