Sumo robots battle it out at HACK4

Date Released - 04/09/2018

The fourth Tameside HACK gave young people the opportunity to put their creative digital skills to the test by building their own ‘sumo robots’.

The two-day event saw the Tameside Council employment and skills and youth offending teams partnering to deliver an innovative event for at-risk young people.

HACK4 was held at the Hattersley Hub on 28th and 29th with funding being provided by Onward Homes.

The group of nine young people taking part were from 11-14-years-old and came from Hattersley and Hyde. They were identified and engaged by the youth offending team as they were not in education, employment or training, or otherwise at risk.

This was a specially targeted HACK event, designed to tackle antisocial behaviour and low aspirations in both the Hattersley and Hyde areas.

Tameside Council’s youth offending team provided transport to take the young people to and from the venue on both days.

During the activity the group discovered and honed the digital skills that could lead them into highly rewarding careers, in Tameside’s growing technology sectors.

Aspirations were raised for the at-risk young people attending, as they were advised of the wealth of opportunities available to them should they pursue a career in the digital sector.

Where possible, the employment and skills team will be staying in touch with the attendees, to encourage the people to make use of the free local learning opportunities in new technologies.

Tameside Council is currently leading an innovative piece of research which will gather information about residents’ digital skills levels. You can complete the short questionnaire by filling in the survey at

Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council Executive Member for Lifelong Learning, said: “Tameside HACK is now a vital part of our calendar because young people find these events so engaging and develop considerable digital skills, which could be crucial in their future vocations. It was great to see everyone who attended HACK4 gained so much through the interactive activity and I hope they’ll be inspired to pursue a career in the digital sector.

“Events like the Tameside HACK form part of our on-going digital strategy to grow local skills in this sector. To put this event on, we’ve received some great support from local partners including Onward Homes.”

For more information on the Tameside HACK please email or call 0161 342 5138.

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