Igniting Tomorrow's Innovators: Youth Tech Fest Cyprus 2023
A Conversation with Sean Alimov
In the vibrant city of Nicosia, an innovative event is set to take place at the University of Nicosia on November 18, 2023. The Youth Tech Fest Cyprus 2023, envisioned and founded by seasoned executive Sean Alimov, aims to ignite the passions of the future generation in technology, art, science, and entrepreneurship. With over 400 participants, 100 educators, and representation from more than 30 schools, this grandeur festival promises a plethora of workshops, sessions, and hands-on activities designed to inspire and educate.
In our intimate conversation with Sean, we delve deep into the unique aspects of this festival, its primary objectives, and the anticipated impacts on Cyprus' tech landscape. Sean unveils the festival's commitment to inclusivity, fostering collaboration among various stakeholders, and the significance of introducing children to technology from a young age. Through his insights, we gain a glimpse into the festival's promise to "transform Cyprus into an Eastern Mediterranean beacon for tech-driven innovation."
Fair - an exciting day packed with interactive shows, workshops, masterclasses, and hands-on activities led by educators, engineers, scientists, programmers, and highly experienced practitioners. There are Robotics, AR/VR, Gaming, Woodworking, Science, Coding, and various other zones where visitors can get involved as a family or let their young ones discover on their own the activities that are rich, exciting, and suitable for their age group.
Summit - we are bringing leading international experts and thought leaders to share best practices and the latest trends with the Cyprus-based policymakers, educators, executive management of schools and universities, as well as the business community representatives. Our goal is to facilitate long-term collaborative relationships and to create sustainable programs and activities that will awaken the passion of the young generation in subjects such as Entrepreneurship, Technology, Science, Engineering, Art, and Math. Our elite speaker faculty includes representatives from companies such as Shell, Google, Royal Institution (UK), Oracle, Microsoft, as well as a 13-year-old millionaire coder who is the youngest guest lecturer at Oxford University.
Awards - a ceremony that will recognize each E2STEAM (Entrepreneurship, Environment, Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) project nominated by the attending schools. We encourage participation, collaboration, inclusion, and excellence. This is why there are no 1st, 2nd, or 3rd places - every nominated project is awarded, and every project mentor is recognized. Each school can nominate up to 2 projects - one from primary and one from secondary levels. If you wish to nominate an exciting project led by your school or your educational centre, please visit the Festival’s website or contact our team directly.
Youth Tech Fest will create an engaging environment in Cyprus that offers a wider variety of future career opportunities, consistently develops creative leaders, and produces knowledgeable employees desired by both businesses and society
To become a real epicentre of creativity, cutting-edge advancements, and ingenuity, Cyprus needs diverse tech talent that keeps pace with rapidly developing technology. The IT field requires years of training, and individuals with sought-after skills are heavily courted. This is why, for talent retention, the world’s leading tech hubs like Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv, London, and Singapore focus on developing local talent and introducing technology to kids from as early as 4 years old. Youth Tech Fest will create an engaging environment in Cyprus that offers a wider variety of future career opportunities, consistently develops creative leaders, and produces knowledgeable employees desired by both businesses and society. This will ensure that Cyprus can become an Eastern Mediterranean beacon for entrepreneurship, innovation, and tech breakthroughs.
We have had an incredible response from schools, government, and businesses. We would like to extend our gratitude to Minister Dr. Michaelidou and the fantastic staff at the Ministry of Education for being very efficient and professional in every interaction we have had. The Youth Tech Fest Cyprus is run under the Ministry’s auspices. We also express special thanks to our co-organisers, University of Nicosia.
Last but not least, our gratitude goes out to all of our Sponsors and Supporters that share our vision, namely: ASBIS (Headline Sponsor), payabl. (PayTech Partner), Digital Tree (Digital Media Sponsor), Engino (STEM & Robotics Educational Partner), Heroes Made (Social Emotional Learning Partner), Oracle Academy, Wood Wizards, Exness (Neophile Partners), AlfaSolid Works, Infourok, and Photos Photiades Foundation (Associate Partners). Also, the Youth Board of Cyprus, Cyprus Computer Society, Google Educator Group, Cyprus_iT, City Friends Club, KidIT, Cyprus Cubing Community, JA Cyprus, GDCy, and Sea & Sunlife.