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April 21, 2012

Enfuse Youth Conference London

Today @Nokia_Connects has been getting inspired and “Enfused” at the London Enfuse Youth Conference inside Southbank University. The conference continues Nokia’s partnership with founder Andre Campbell (our Social Innovator of the Week), and aimed to help 14-19 year olds in London discover the opportunities available to them that can help them on the way to their dream job.

The conference centred around the big issues young people face today, culminating in a ‘big debate’ amongst a VIP panel that included Jamal Edwards of SBTV, Shaun Bailey (the Prime Minister’s Youth Culture Advisor), Siobhan Benita (London Mayoral Candidate), Seema Malhotra MP and Becky Gloyne from Nokia.

In the run up to the event, @Nokia_Connects and @EnfuseYouth challenged attendees to tell us “Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?”.  When they arrived at the conference, participants were surprised to find a gallery of street art interpretations of their vision…

The conference also featured Nokia workshops that focussed on getting young people excited about the possibilities available to them in social media, with a showcase of some of the amazing content that Nokia has helped produce (videos like Splitscreen from Nokia Shorts and Lapsed from N8 Producers). The workshops brought people together and challenged them to think about how they could get their own ‘Amazing Idea’ get made. For a bit more inspiration, James Ivett from Bstoked (star of our recent BMX video out in Barcelona) came and answered a few questions about his collaboration with Nokia, how he uses social media to communicate with his community and his tips for getting ahead and doing what you love.

Our thanks go out to Enfuse Youth for raising the bar for young people and a big thank you to all attendees who blew us away with their amazing ideas in the workshops. Expect to hear a lot more about the event in the next few weeks from interview from inspiring young people to amazing ideas that will shape the next generation of social innovators.