June - September 2021 Tech Lab Project
Aylesbury Youth Survey
This project presented an exciting opportunity for young people in Aylesbury to help Buckinghamshire Council, local charities & organisations to discover local needs.
Following focus groups to design the survey questions, young people of Aylesbury were offered a unique opportunity to share their views via an interactive app developed (and marketed) by Bucks University Technical College (BUTC) students as part of a Cloudy Foundation Tech Lab.
Out of the 7 BUTC teams participating in our Tech Lab, only 3 qualified to the final on 2 July, where those students presented their concepts to a panel of judges and exhibited their projects in a community exhibition at Bucks New University.
The judges and public vote determined the winning campaign that went on to be fully developed by students alongside IT, marketing. and media professionals, for public launch across Aylesbury over Summer 2021, that included a free prize draw for entrants.
We aim to work with educational and community business partners to identify young people who can help give clarity to what young people need in a post Covid19 society.
This will inform Buckinghamshire Council’s plans for how to create better opportunities in the community and in the employment market in future.
Project completion: October 2021
Aylesbury Youth Action Workshops Take Place
AYA bring together 3 groups of 5 young people to produce a set of questions over 4 weekly sessions. These questions and ideas are briefed to the Tech Lab students.
Tech Lab with Bucks University Technical College
BUTC students work on their Tech Lab over 1 week to turn the questions and ideas into a progressive web app (or similar) proof of concept with marketing plan for promoting it.
Development of the Digital Solution (App) & Media
Over 1 week, BUTC students will be supported by CloudyIT engineers to develop the winning concept chosen by the judges for final use and promotion.
Survey is Launched Publicly by Buckinghamshire Council
Bucks Council launch the survey app using the marketing media created by the students to encourage young people in Aylesbury to complete the survey.
The Winning App
The App was launched across Aylesbury to encourage as many young people as possible to influence the future plans of Aylesbury by completing the Youth Survey found on the App.
Here's a video from the UPSKILL project team about their App. They interviewed some of the key stakeholders to help explain how their App works and its purpose for young people of Aylesbury.
The team took the brief and expanded on it to create an App that does more than just deliver the single Youth Survey requested.
They created it to have longer-lasting use by making it a "go to" for young people to access relevant surveys like this, as well as information on clubs, apprenticeships, and jobs that will be of use, and keep them better connected with Bucks youth services, too.
Aylesbury Youth Views
The UPSKILL App is Live!
Thank you to the students from Buckinghamshire University Technical College who developed this App and to the young people involved in the research workshops who created the survey questions within it.
This video recording of the Aylesbury Community Board meeting shows Cloudy Foundation and participating students from Bucks University Technical College talking about their experience on the project and the impact it has had.