Computing LIVE! Student Event at Disneyland® Paris

Inspire their future career at our Computing LIVE! Conference on Monday 25th February 2019.  Bring computer science to life for your students and fire their future career ambitions by showing them the many different paths a career in computing could take at our Computing LIVE! conference - all whilst enjoying the magic of Disneyland® Paris!

Experts from high profile organisations will provide relevant examples and exam case studies to ignite your students’ aspirations whilst perfectly complementing the computer science curriculum. Students can also put their own questions to the experts during a Q&A session.

Meeting your learning objectives - Computing LIVE! is designed to meet course aims by encouraging and developing an enthusiasm for studying computing, encouraging students to think creatively and innovatively whilst understanding the impact and risks of digital technology on the world around them. Learn more about our full range of LIVE! events here.

Sample itinerary

Our sample itinerary provides you with an idea of the visits you can cover during your trip. We can tailor-make an itinerary to support your specific learning outcomes.

Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Morning flight from Ireland Guided sightseeing tour of Paris. Check in at hotel
2 LIVE! Conference Time in Disneyland® Paris Parks Explore Disney Village & overnight at Disneyland® Paris
3 Return flight to Ireland
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Morning Morning flight from Ireland
Afternoon Guided sightseeing tour of Paris.
Evening Check in at hotel
Morning LIVE! Conference
Afternoon Time in Disneyland® Paris Parks
Evening Explore Disney Village & overnight at Disneyland® Paris
Morning
Afternoon Return flight to Ireland
Evening

Event overview

Expert speaker presentations - through real life experiences our speakers will give students the chance to hear how mathematics can be used to develop models of real situations and learn that they can be more or less effective depending on the assumptions that have been made.

Q&A session - interactive question and answer sessions will develop their knowledge and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts. 

Team park challenges - enable students to select and apply mathematical techniques to solve problems and interpret mathematical information to reach conclusions within a unique learning environment.

The Events Team in Disneyland® Paris will provide support throughout your stay , they’ll: 

  • Meet you on arrival & assist with hotel check-in 
  • Be on-hand & provide assistance throughout the event 
  • Host a drinks reception on the Sunday evening 
  • Register your students at the conference & take questions 
  • Assist with check-out & departure

 


Accommodation

Places to stay


Confirmed speakers 2019

Anne-Marie Imafidon, Stemettes

From child prodigy to MBE, Anne-Marie Imafidon is Head Stemette and co-founder of Stemettes, the award-winning social enterprise inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) roles via a series of prestigious events and opportunities. In four years, just under 15,000 girls across the UK, Ireland and Europe have had attended Stemette experiences. As part of the initiative she has also co-founded Outbox Incubator: the world’s first tech incubator for teenage girls.

Her prodigious childhood achievements include passing two GCSEs aged ten (Mathematics & ICT), being the youngest girl ever to pass A-level computing (aged 11). Anne-Marie went on to be one of the youngest ever to be awarded a Masters’ degree in Mathematics & Computer Science by the University of Oxford, aged 20, Anne-Marie, unsurprisingly, continued to soar. She was the UK IT Industry & British Computer Society’s Young IT Professional of the Year in 2013, Red Magazine’s ‘Woman to Watch’ 2014, won a Points of Light award from the UK Prime Minister in October 2014 and was named the 8th Most Influential woman in IT in 2016. Also, she has just been named one of the 50 most inspiring women in Europe by Inspiring Fifty. And in recognition of her influence and achievements, Anne-Marie was awarded an MBE in the 2017 New Year’s Honours for services to young women and STEM sectors.

Not only a champion of getting women into STEM positions, Anne-Marie has previously worked with Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers, amassing a wealth of experience. She is also a recognised thought-leader in the tech space, regularly appearing in the media as a talking head, and giving talks at tech giants such as SXSW and Founders Forum.

Anne-Marie has been awarded Honorary Doctorates from Open University & Glasgow Caledonian University and, as of June 2017, is Honorary Fellow at Keble College, Oxford. She is also a Commissioner on Tom Watson's Future of Work Commission, and sits on the boards of Durham University’s Computer Science Department, Urban Development Music Foundation and Inspirational YOU.

Tom Nelson, The Walt Disney Company

As Digital Commerce Manager for Disney Destinations, Tom is responsible for defining and executing digital strategy across e-commerce platforms. He was responsible for the design, development and ongoing maintenance of the Walt Disney World e-commerce website. Online business saw a quantifiable improvement post-launch, with a significant increase in booking conversion rates and visitor time-on-site. He hand coded the HTML5, CSS and jQuery based user interface, and the VB and SQL back-end, seamlessly integrating third-party technology for flights, accommodation and payment solutions.

With over 10 years’ experience at digital agencies, Tom has delivered award-winning websites for a range of global brands, putting the customer at the heart of the experience. In 2015, Tom was recognised by Google, winning their award for inspirational digital marketers.

 

Kate Russell, Facilitator

Kate Russell has been writing about technology, gaming and the Internet since 1995 and currently appears weekly on BBC2 and BBC World News, reporting for technology programme Click. She is an experienced and adept technology speaker.

She got her first break on TV after being encouraged to apply for a job advertising for a “young & funky” female presenter who knew about videogames for a new show on Nickelodeon. Kate got the job and presented the show for three series, co-hosting with Mike McClean and an animated fish called Bert.

Kate was a regular expert on the sofa at ITV’s Daybreak and various other TV and radio stations, she also writes columns for National Geographic Traveller magazine. Her first book ‘Working the Cloud’ and companion blog workingthecloud.biz was published in March.

In addition to her prolific writing and TV career Kate speaks regularly at technology events and conferences and in schools and Universities inspiring the next generation of female technologists. She is also gets involved in policy meetings that aim to shape the way the Internet is governed in the UK.

In 2013 she crowd funded more than 400% of her target to write a science fiction novel. She still finds time to run 6.5k three times a week and spends far too much time on Twitter advising people about the best web resources for their day-to-day needs.

Her website, KateRussell.co.uk won the 2015 UK Blog Awards for best individual digital and technology blog, and in June 2015 she was voted the 25th most influential woman in UK IT by Computer Weekly magazine.

Rik Ferguson, Cyber Security Expert

Rik Ferguson is the Director of Security Research & Communications at Trend Micro, he is a leading expert in information security. One of the leading figures in online threats and the underground economy.

A Special Advisor to Europol EC3, a project leader with the International Cyber Security Prevention Alliance (ICSPA), and Vice Chair of the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace & Security Science. Rik was inducted into the Infosecurity Hall of Fame. A leading figure in the impact of security on consumers in the enterprise, Rik’s vast work history makes him appropriate to educate and enlighten an audience in online security.

Rik addresses the challenges emerging technology and online crime poses to the average user and to high security firms. A frequent presenter at global industry events such as the Mobile World Congress, Virus Bulletin, RUSI and the e-Crime Congress, Rik is well-versed in presenting to a large audience.

Frequently interviewed by the BBC, CNN, CNBC, Channel 4, Sky News and Al-Jazeera English and is quoted by national newspapers and trade publications throughout the world, Rik’s work gathers a high profile across the globe.

Rik writes the Countermeasures blog and is the lead spokesperson for Trend Micro, he also writes regular columns for CIO, ZDNet, T3 and several other European publications. In this position, Rik is actively engaged in research into online threats and the underground economy.

He also researches the wider implications of new developments in the Information Technology arena and their impact on security both for consumers and in the enterprise, making vital safety information accessible to a wider audience. 

Prior to assuming his role at Trend Micro, he served as Security Infrastructure Specialist at EDS where he led the security design work for government projects related to justice and law enforcement and as Senior Product Engineer at McAfee focused on network security, intrusion prevention, encryption and content filtering.

Rik Ferguson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wales and is a Certified Ethical Hacker and CISSP-ISSAP in good standing.


Evening activites

  • Explore the parks: Disneyland® Park & Walt Disney Studios® Park

  • Shopping in the Disney Village® 

  • Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show

  • Disney Illuminations Night Time Show

  • Gaumont Cinema

  • Evening meal experience at Planet Hollywood or Billy Bob’s Country Western Saloon


Study themes

Programming & Coding

• Concepts of coding & how they are implemented in the real world

• Algorithms & data representation

• Using computational thinking to solve a wide variety of problems

 

Cyber Security

• Network security principals, protocols & standards

• Encryption & ciphers

• Security breaches & cyber-attacks, legal & ethical implications

 

ECommerce

• Impact of Ecommerce on a business

• Technologies used in setting up a secure ecommerce site

• Impact of new & emerging technologies on the design of software applications

 


Educational resources

In order to help you prepare for the Computing LIVE! Event, you will receive supplementary information about how each speaker will link to the curriculum as well as a list of desired outcomes. This can be used to follow up with your students when you return.


Transport

We offer flights from a variety of departure airports and we’ll work with you to plan your route at the best value possible.

Flight


Giving you full support throughout

Before your tour

  • Your own dedicated NST contact
  • Bespoke tour itineraries
  • Unrivalled local knowledge & expertise
  • Curriculum linked visit programmes
  • Great value for money - no hidden costs
  • Free group leader inspection visits
  • Risk assessment guidance
  • Safety assured, transport, accommodation and visits

Whilst you're away

  • Free educational resources
  • Group-friendly accommodation
  • Exceptional standards of coaching
  • On-tour support from our reps on the ground
  • Support & assistance from our specialists guides throughout your tour
  • 24/7 support just a call away
  • Extensive group travel insurance

On your return

  • Priority rebooking services
  • Rewarding your loyalty with our reward scheme
  • You say, we listen - we're committed to continuously improving our tours
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