Charitable student initiative earns Conscious Communications two award nominations
We are proud to announce that we have been shortlisted for our seventh and eighth awards of 2017 based on our charitable initiative, FXP Festival!
Last year we approached Jagex, Rizing Games at Cambridge Regional College, North Cambridge Academy, Cambridge University Press and Anglia Ruskin University to help us develop our exciting new initiative… We also elicited support from HackLab, YoYo Games, ARM and Unity, all of which could see the potential societal benefit of the project: a gaming competition for local schools and colleges to encourage participation in Computer Science.
Alison Taylor, Co-founder of FXP Festival and Managing Director of Conscious Communications, said: “FXP was conceived when we became aware that every local authority in Cambridgeshire falls below the national average for the education and employment prospects of disadvantaged children. We saw an opportunity to open young people’s eyes – in particular girls – to the realistic possibility of a career in digital arts, and to make the crucial connection between that career and their Computer Science lessons at school.”
And so, in June 2016, our FXP Festival was born. Last year, we had 18 schools from across Cambridgeshire participate in the 3-day festival, in which they participated in a games jam to create their own games under the theme of ‘twins.’ The 2017 festival took place at Cambridge Regional College, with nearly 100 pupils participating, 12 of which were girls, with one all girl team, participating in the ‘super’ themed games jam challenge.
We have been shortlisted for two very exciting awards in recognition of the initiative! At the PR Week Awards we’re up for the Force for Good category, and at the Investors in People (IIP) Awards for the Social Responsibility award.
The PR Week Awards celebrates its 30th birthday this year and the award ceremony will be taking place in October. The IIP Awards, held in November, is led by a team of professionals who have carefully chosen each entry for the various categories!
Supporting our community is something that’s close to each and every team member’s heart at Conscious Communications, so being nominated for these awards means a lot to us all.
We have our fingers crossed for both – watch this space!