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Teenagers can design and make their own apps and games at a one-day event, as Henry Hepburn reports

Teenagers can design and make their own apps and games at a one-day event, as Henry Hepburn reports

Dundee teenagers will have a chance to design and make the digital technologies of the future at a free event tomorrow, which will then move on to three other Scottish cities.

One Day Digital is organised by Nesta, a charity that promotes innovation, and forms part of the wider Digital Makers programme which aims to mobilise a generation of young people with the drive and confidence to come up with new technology.

Youngsters aged 13-16 will get the chance to design and make their own smartphone app, website, animation or game, as well as learning and seeing how the technology behind 3D printing works. There will also be a chance to win a Raspberry Pi computer.

The event, which also involves the BBC and STV, aims to give young people an insight into the kind of digital skills that will be essential in workplaces of the future.

Organisations taking part include Mozilla, the creator of the Firefox web browser, CoderDojo, which helps young people learn computer coding skills, and Dundee-based independent video game developer Quartic Llama.

Jackie McKenzie, Nesta head of innovation programmes in Scotland, said Dundee was a fitting place for the first event as the city had "shown that it can be at the leading edge of digital technology".

The event is supported by the Nominet Trust, O2 Think Big and the Scottish government. It will take place at the University of Dundee's Queen Mother Building on Saturday 2 March, from 10am-5pm.

The other three events will be at Aberdeen's Satrosphere Science Centre (16 March), Glasgow Science Centre (23 March), and Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh (30 March).

- Places are limited and must be booked in advance: http:onedaydigital.eventbrite.com

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