Build foundational knowledge in data, AI, digital connectivity, network engineering and sustainability. Develop projects, gain work experience, and earn a certificate through our courses taught by industry professionals.

We offer a range of Courses from 1-day immersions, to 8-week Courses with work experience and Mentoring.

Digital Academy Spring Courses

Get Started with Green Tech

20th March- 17th April 2024

Course Objectives

Learn the fundamentals of climate change impacts, green tech innovation, and the roles and responsibilities of humans, businesses, government and technology to create sustainable solutions. This is a self-paced course that will be taught by industry professionals working in sustainability.

What Will You Do?

Through a series of 5 online workshops, you will learn the essentials of climate science and what can be done using technology and data to mitigate the impact of global warming. Understand the connected nature and collective responsibility of all players, and build the language to discuss solutions to drive measurable change.

The course includes 5 weekly sessions of live and recorded instruction with professionals, Digital Challenges, and project application with support from mentors.

Week 1: Our changing planet. Learn about the burning issues of Planet Earth and the impacts of human and business behaviour. Understand the needs of economic growth, how it affects the environment, and what this means from growing nations and established nations. We’ll discuss the evidence for the environmental damage and the impact this is having on natural habitats.

Week 2: Humans are innovators. Learn what we’re doing to change the way we consume resources. We will look at renewable energy sources and the effect that it has on our grid. Where should we focus our efforts over the next two decades? Should we consider things like distributed grids and move away from centralised power? How could this work? How much of this would we have to do to be “carbon neutral”? We’ll also look at the new energy and battery revolutions that are in flight that would change the way we look at energy if we managed to achieve them.

Week 3: Governments and their responsibilities. We’ll look at what governments around the world have pledged through COP28, expected impacts, and unresolved issues. What should governments be responsible for? How can they enforce the principle of ‘polluter pays’ without being compromised? We’ll look at the systems and standards that governments are building together to enable tracking of their sustainability pledges and the penalties that are enforced if they fail them. We’ll look at the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to guide us on how we can build a sustainable planet. We’ll also look at some of the predictions that extreme weather will have on some countries over other countries through flooding, forest fires, tsunamis and tornados, and what the financial effect this will have on economies.

Week 4: Corporations and their responsibilities. We’ll look at how corporations are embracing new standards of practice and the roles and responsibilities of a Corporate Sustainability Leader. Understand what reaching ‘net zero’ by 2030 or 2050 means for corporations, how businesses are tracking and reporting on their emissions, and what happens if they fall short of their targets. You will hear examples from different industries from oil and gas to banking, how data is used to report on emissions, and what businesses are doing to offset them. We’ll break this down into standards such as GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) and scoped emissions, what data can be collected and tracked, and why.

Week 5: Presentations. Students will present project ideas to address climate change and their plan to create impact.

Study Time Required: 1-2 hours per week over 5 weeks.

Recommended Age: 14 -19 yrs

This course is suitable for students with no experience in technology, data, or sustainability solutions. Students should be comfortable with basic concepts of computing and math and be able to use a PC with an Internet connection and video camera.

Course Participation & Certificates

This 5-week self-paced course will give you access to the live sessions and all recordings. Participants who complete the course and the assigned challenges will receive a certificate for the course.

The sessions will be run online in an interactive learning session with a professional from Elastacloud who will serve as your Mentor during this training. This will generally consist of 30 minutes of lesson and 15 minutes of activity and/or group project work guided by your Mentor. You will complete Digital Challenges in each workshop. These Challenges may be completed either during the hour or outside of the course. Students will receive a Certificate of Completion at the end of the course once projects are submitted.

  • Richard Conway, CEO Elastacloud

This course takes place over 5 sessions on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Mar 20th @ 4:00-5:00pm GMT
  • Wednesday, Mar 27th @ 4:00-5:00pm GMT
  • Wednesday, Apr 3rd @ 4:00-5:00pm GMT
  • Wednesday, Apr 10th @ 4:00-5:00pm GMT
  • Wednesday, Apr 17th @ 4:00-5:00pm GMT

Digital Academy: £100. This includes 5 online sessions to learn the fundamentals of data science and gain hands-on experience. All sessions are recorded, so you can catch up if any sessions are missed. In the final week students will present project ideas to address climate change and their plan to create impact.

You will need a PC or Mac and a smart phone ideally with video camera plus charging cables. A credit card is needed (for identification only) to activate a free 30-day Microsoft Azure subscription to complete the Machine Learning labs.

Under 18’s require a consent form by a parent / guardian.

Research Study

We are conducting a research study with the Digital Camp, Digital Incubator, and Digital Academy with Dr. Jonathan Beale (Oxford, Harvard), Dr. Iro Konstantinou (Eton College), and Dr. Michael Mannino (Flow Research Collective) to test how digital education and purpose-driven programmes can impact academic resilience, performance, and flow in young people as well as growth and development in mentors. Participants will be invited to complete surveys and offer feedback or may opt out of the study.

Our Mission

We aim to inspire a love of learning with young people about technology and support their journeys to first work experiences. We believe it is critical to create an engaging and inclusive environment for girls, which are under-represented in both STEM and in leadership roles.

We’re on a mission to build a sustainable education programme offering skills development and work opportunities for boys and girls of any age through a co-funded model with socially responsible businesses, educational organisations, and government.

This programme is a pilot supported by Vodafone, Microsoft, Elastacloud and volunteers from the tech and business community. Proceeds from the Digital Academy are helping to raise funds to enable us to build a sustainable programme to support students to launch their own businesses. We greatly value your support and feedback. 

Learn more about our Programmes

Discover, connect, play with cutting edge tech with support from Mentors through introductory, hands-on workshops. Work in teams on projects to help the planet at Digital Camp.

Build foundational knowledge in data, AI, digital connectivity, sustainability, and games development. Develop projects, gain work experience, and earn a certificate through our courses. 

Develop entrepreneurial skills and bring your project ideas to life with support from tech and business mentors. Build a proof of concept and learn to pitch projects that people will invest in.

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