A bit about us

At Develop Me – we are creating a learning community for the 21st century digital world. Offering our full-time Coding Fellowship programme, one-day digital skills workshops, bespoke business training and network events to empower people to participate in the innovation economy – as digitally literate – not simply as passive users.

We believe the future of innovation will be through disruptive technologies and collaborative social business models. However, more importantly, we believe the change will come from people. Empowered people, people with ideas and most importantly people with the skills and knowledge to make things happen. The world of digital technology holds so many innovative solutions for society and the web is one of the most democratic tools ever created.

We also believe very strongly that nobody should get ‘left behind’ in the new economy. As the digital revolution increasingly touches every aspect of our lives, the UK needs a technology workforce that reflects the full diversity of the people who use that technology. However, the demographics of the tech sector have come under scrutiny with most of the major players revealing that their workforces are anything but diverse – being predominantly white, middle class and male.

Develop Me was therefore established as a business with a social mission; to ensure we create inclusive opportunities to enable access for everyone in society to participate in the digital economy. A platform to allow ideas people, developers, coders, designers and creative technologists to share and expand their knowledge.

Integral to our social business model are the creation of two funds – our ‘Opportunity Fund’ and ‘Fellowship Fund – both facilitating financial support for people who might not otherwise be able to access this type of learning.

For our workshop programme we directly invest 10% from the ticket price into our ‘Opportunity Fund’ which will allow us to upskill a person from an underrepresented community on one of our introductory workshops for free.

Similarly for the Coding Fellowship immersive programme we have set up our ‘Fellowship Fund’ to facilitate corporate partners, sponsors and individuals to invest in training for underrepresented sections of society in the digital industries.
To support our mission please read more here and contact us for more information.

The Team

Oli Ward

Director

@oliward

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Pete New

Director

@petenew46

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Al Kennedy

Director

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