FREE Half Term Tech Fest

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FREE Half Term Tech Fest description

NEW DATE ANNOUNCED – Love Tech’s Tech Fest event will be held at the Promenade Suite in the Villa Marina and Gaiety Theatre, this Friday 29 October from 9.30am-12pm! This FREE educational event is open to all young people between the ages of 11 and 18 and aims to help attendees to learn more about local jobs in tech and immerse themselves in tech-focused activities first-hand.

There will be various stations to visit on the day, including an Oculus Quest II VR experience, a display of retro technology by the Isle of Man Vintage Computing Group and a chance to try your hand at coding with Code Club. Various local tech companies will be hosting stands at the event, including space company ManSat, app developer Memory Lane Games, international software companies Derivco and PDMS, cyber security and technology company Riela Cyber and Riela Tech and digital training and skills company Readynez Isle of Man. The British Computer Society, who is sponsoring our grand prize on the day, will have a stand too, as will the University College Isle of Man, who will be showcasing their various technology-based courses on offer.

There is a QR code treasure hunt for attendees to take part in on the day and all those who complete the treasure hunt will receive a swag bag filled with goodies sponsored by Derivco Isle of Man and there will be a prize draw for the completed cards, with the grand prize being an Oculus Quest II VR headset sponsored by the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT!

There will also be a panel of ‘techperts’ talking about their jobs and what it takes to pursue a career in tech. The panel includes computer game designers for socially-conscious app games, cyber security experts, crypto-currency experts and digital forensic analysts who use technology to stop criminals in their tracks.

Thank you to Digital Isle of Man for covering the cost of the room hire at the Villa.

Speaker line-up as follows:

10.00-10.20am – Jobs in Cryptocurrency:

– Zakk Lakin – Tech Lead at CoinCorner

– Molly Spiers – Head of Marketing at CoinCorner


10.30-10.50am – Jobs where technology is used to fight crime:

– Holly Croydon and Jilly Christian – Financial Intelligence Analysts at IOM Govt

– Carey Cooper – Cyber Security Expert at Riela Cyber

– Peter Allwright – Head of Forensics at Suntera Global


11-11.20am – Jobs in Computer Games:

– Lisa Karran – Consultant at Memory Lane Games

– Sikhulile Dlamini – Integration Lead at DGC

– Rachel Grant – Software Tester at Derivco


This is a ticket only event, so please sign up via here for what we anticipate will be a SOLD OUT event.

We look forward to seeing you and your young ones there!



  • Suitable for children between the ages of 11 and 18 years old
  • Tickets/places are strictly limited – Please reserve a ticket for all children who wish to attend.
  • Please ensure your child brings a reusable water bottle. Refilling stations will be available on site.
  • SNACKS ARE NOT PERMITTED on site due to risk of allergies, please ensure your child has eaten before they attend the event.
  • Wipes and hand sanitiser will be made available on arrival.
  • Toilets and hand-washing facilities are avaiable on site.

If anyone in your household shows signs of illness, has recently had contact with someone who is isolating, we kindly ask that you do not attend the event on this occasion.


FILMING/PHOTOGRAPHY: Love Tech will be filming and taking photos of those attending and taking part in the event and may wish to use these photographs or film featuring attendees (including children) on Love Tech’s website and social media channels and for the marketing and promotion of Love Tech’s channels for these specified purposes.

Please refer to our privacy policy on our website for further information:

Thank you for your understanding.

Date and Time:
Promenade Suite - Villa Marina, Douglas