Teens kickstartCreate: 2014

Two self-starting Ballymena teenagers have joined four of their peers from across the province in launching one of the biggest tech and creative economy events for young people this year.

Sarah McBride and Joshua Kempton from Ballymena who are two of six Northern Ireland teenagers who have designed, curated and produced the unique one-day conference - Create:2014.

Create:2014 is a unique one-day conference, designed, curated and produced solely by six teens aged between 16 and 18, including Ballymena’s Sarah McBride and Joshua Kempton, which is planned for September 17 in Derry/Londonderry.

The ambitious youngsters have now turned to their roots in the technology world to make their vision a reality, by launching a crowdfunding ‘Kickstarter’ campaign (http://kck.st/1sBjqtL) with the aim of raising financial backing to fund the event.

As well as securing key speakers including BBC Click presenter Kate Russell, GetInvited founder Kyle Galway

and 17-year-old US developer and entrepreneur Michael Sayman, the conference will feature hands-on activities, hosting over 150 young people who will learn alongside delegates from across the tech and creative industries.

Sarah McBride (18), CEO of Create:2014, says: “It’s a chance for young people to catch the spark of opportunity. Create:2014 will allow the wider public, and in particular young people, to see exactly how dynamic the tech and creative scene here is.