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Kidcrafters - for parents who care, think and do.


Short talks, shared experiences and inspiration to help us bring up generation tomorrow.

Because we only get one chance.

See the films from our recent event at the Royal Institution, London on Sunday 11th May 2014. 

Over 20 inspiring keynote talks by worldwide experts and parents across education, tech, creativity and skills.

 

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Kidcrafters - for parents who care, think and do.


Short talks, shared experiences and inspiration to help us bring up generation tomorrow.

Because we only get one chance.

See the films from our recent event at the Royal Institution, London on Sunday 11th May 2014. 

Over 20 inspiring keynote talks by worldwide experts and parents across education, tech, creativity and skills.

 

Watch the films from the day

All 21 talks were live streamed to our Google+ Hangout and are now on YouTube. Go to the talks page for a complete list and to jump straight to a particular talk. Here's a short film with a snippet of every one of the talks to give you a taste of the day.

What a day - a picture tells a thousand words!

Thanks so much to friend, dad and amazing photographer, Mark Hakasson for these photos. More here

A big thank yoo too moo

Those lovely people at moo.com printed a load of postcards featuring our poster boy Colin.

We posted tons out to local schools and gave the rest to any one who'd have one.

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With help from our friends


The response to Kidcrafters was fantastic - over 400 people turned up.

It was amazing how everyone rallied round to support us and help make this event happen.

Thanks to all our amazing supporter sponsors, who bucked the system to help us at no notice, many helped us give free places to lo/no pay families.

 

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With help from our friends


The response to Kidcrafters was fantastic - over 400 people turned up.

It was amazing how everyone rallied round to support us and help make this event happen.

Thanks to all our amazing supporter sponsors, who bucked the system to help us at no notice, many helped us give free places to lo/no pay families.

 

Watch the talks again on YouTube

With help from Google UK we streamed the talks live  and they're now on YouTube.

Kidcrafters in The Guardian Family

Did you see the Kidcrafters story in The Guardian on Sat 3rd May

Live to the nation on BBC Radio

Hear Nick's interview on BBC Radio 5 Live Drive time from Friday here.


Wish you'd supported us?

We're not for profit, no one got paid and we actually lost money in the end due to very high venue costs and because we were keen to open the event up to more lo/no pay families and not charge for the creative workshops.

If there are any philanthropists/family friendly companies out there who only just heard about the day or didn't believe we'd pull it off, feel free to become a retrospective supporter with a donation via this link: http://bit.ly/kc14tix 

Keep in touch

To find out about the next Kidcrafters, sign up on the form below and do follow us on Twitter, Google+ and Facebook.

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Inspirational line up


We had over 20 speakers covering four key areas: education, technology, creativity and skills.

See the full line up of speakers on the line up page here - follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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Inspirational line up


We had over 20 speakers covering four key areas: education, technology, creativity and skills.

See the full line up of speakers on the line up page here - follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Our keynote speakers


"Raising Braves: Education for a Tricky World"

In his education keynote, author of best seller 'what's the point of school', Prof Guy Claxton will argue that it's not happiness or well-being that children need, it's finding out what they want to be great at, and how to pursue that dream. 

Schools can teach that - and get better grades at the same time. And parents can help all along the way.


Minecraft - creative or crack?

We're going to hear about tech and kids from a real digital native as Daniel Tomlinson, The Observer's teenage tech correspondent has agreed to give our technology keynote talk looking at games, geek and gadgets.

And answer the questions you daren't ask your own kids.

Dan was bullied at school but found solace in coding and now works at an app development firm. Read his story here.


Creativity mashed up across art and tech

Finding a keynote for our creativity stream was our toughest challenge as it's such a broad brief because to us, creativity is critical and about more than just arts and crafts.

So Steve Vranakis, dad and Creative Director at Google was a real catch with an unrivalled track record of creativity in the design and advertising industries that he now mashes up with cutting edge technology at Google. (Check out, Devart, one of his projects with the Barbican arts centre)


Anyone for 'Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting'

Our skills keynote talk comes from global best selling author Noel Janis-Norton, who believes in giving practical solutions to everyday family issues and will be talking about Descriptive Praise, the most effective skill parents can use to guide children to become more cooperative, confident, motivated, self-reliant and considerate.

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No one said it would be easy!


If you ever wonder and worry about being a parent, the education choices, how to manage the screen time in your family, look for creative ideas, want to do your best and maybe make a difference then this might be good use of a Spring Sunday.

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No one said it would be easy!


If you ever wonder and worry about being a parent, the education choices, how to manage the screen time in your family, look for creative ideas, want to do your best and maybe make a difference then this might be good use of a Spring Sunday.

We have over 20 short talks, by parents for parents across education, technology, creativity and skills. Here's a snap shot. Full line up here.

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"I used to be told off at school for doodling and now I get paid for it" 

Tony De Saulles, illustrator of 'Horrible Science' series confirmed to give talk in the creativity sessions to show parents how they can get creative with their kids. 

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"Screen time management is a major issue for many families today" 

After hearing form two parents with differing views on screen time management, child psychiatrist Dr Omar Moghraby will share his thoughts.

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"Let's encourage our children to make things and do stuff" 

Amy works in the education team at NESTA, a UK innovation charity that helps bring great ideas to life. She will tell us about maker culture and 'Make ThIngs Do Stuff'.


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"We wouldn't dream of restricting access to books,  so why screens?" 

Matthew Caras gives his children free access to screens and they're perfectly well developed, engaged and manage their own use. Hear him in our screen time debate.

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"We're starting a new school with a very blank piece of paper and it's very exciting

Paul Phillips is Principle Designate of Gladstone School which is due to open its doors in September. Find out what will make it so special. 

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"What is school for? Answer that and then think how would you design one?" 

Graham Brown Martin of Ed Labs has traveled the world interviewing leading educationalists for his forthcoming book, excerpts of which he'll share with us.


“A four-day week is‘smart-time’ not ‘part-time’

Amelia lives in a chaotic house with a baby, a toddler and her French husband yet crams it all in and will share a few secrets and experiences of her life as a super juggler.

"I don't really want all this technology in my home"

Kate passionately believes it has a detrimental effect on a young mind and she's not alone  She'll join our screen time debate with a dad who thinks quite the opposite, arguing you wouldn't ban books, so why screens?

"Great dad days out start the very moment you walk out of the door"

Hear how broadcaster, writer and thinker Nico Macdonald entertains, inspires and educates his sons by creating connections to the opportunities that are so often under our noses.

These are just a few of our amazing speakers.

See the full line up here.



 

 

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Parents 'Powered by Pecha Kucha'.

We're delighted to say that Kidcrafters was be officially 'Powered by Pecha Kucha'.

So all the short slot parent tips, family stories and experiences were given at Pecha Kucha talks - that's 20 slides, each on screen for 20 seconds so about 6 minutes in all to keep it pacy, tight and entertaining. Brilliant!

If you've never been to a Pecha Kucha talk, find out more at www.pechakucha.org

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Whether or not you can make it, do sign up for updates and be sure to like us on Facebook and follow/retweet us on Twitter to keep up.

And tell your friends.

Please spread the word.

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Whether or not you can make it, do sign up for updates and be sure to like us on Facebook and follow/retweet us on Twitter to keep up.

And tell your friends.

Please spread the word.

"Creativity is as important as literacy today."

Sir Ken Robinson

"There's zero value in wasting time memorising anything ever again. Anything that's worth memorising is worth looking up."

Seth Godin 

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The next one?


We tried to keep the cost as low as possible to cover costs with tickets from just £10 and free places for unwaged parents. And we didn't cover out costs.

If you'd like to help us ensure we are able to do it again, do feel free to make a donation, especially if you think the creative workshops were worth paying for as we didn't charge for them in the end.

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The next one?


We tried to keep the cost as low as possible to cover costs with tickets from just £10 and free places for unwaged parents. And we didn't cover out costs.

If you'd like to help us ensure we are able to do it again, do feel free to make a donation, especially if you think the creative workshops were worth paying for as we didn't charge for them in the end.

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"I built an 8 foot robot to get my kids to listen to my story".

We heard about the lengths that Robotslayer Vincent Kamp goes to to inspire his kids.

If we're going to do it again, we'll need great speakers to share their own stories, experiences and ideas in snappy 5 minute talks at future events - let us know here

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Finally a big thank you to...


Kidcrafters is a not for profit idea but we have very real costs that we have to cover by selling tickets and our supporters - friends and companies made this happen. Thank you all.

We'd like to be able to offer cheaper even free access to everyone, especially the lo/no paid so if anyone wants to sponsor the event or the creative creche and make that free then do get in touch.

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Finally a big thank you to...


Kidcrafters is a not for profit idea but we have very real costs that we have to cover by selling tickets and our supporters - friends and companies made this happen. Thank you all.

We'd like to be able to offer cheaper even free access to everyone, especially the lo/no paid so if anyone wants to sponsor the event or the creative creche and make that free then do get in touch.

Our main supporters:

The Guardian will be running a feature article on Kidcrafters in the Family section on Saturday 3rd May.

Netmums have promoted Kidcrafters to their 1m+ members and sponsored free no/lo pay tickets.

Those lovely people over at moo.com have printed thousands of promotional postcards and plugged the day.

Where would we have been without the Royal Institution and their inspiring venue where science lives.

Code Factory have funded the coding workshops to help nurture the next generation of technology talent.

Thanks Dell for letting us borrow a few of your Chrome books and laptops for our coding workshop

Top ad agency Adam&Eve DDB have generously sponsored some free tickets so more lo/no pay families can come.