An evening full of inspiration

In a night full of inspiration, £3000 was raised for 3 inspiring projects giving digital innovators the opportunity to share with us their inspiring stories.

I was invited along by The Youth Funding Network and O2 Think Big to a live crowdfunding event to hear the incredible talks and where I see fit giving something to the innovators.


In true John’s Road to Volunteering style I offered my time to mentor 2 of the 3 projects where I could. I’m not one for donating money, as I have a big network to help these projects excel and with John’s Road to Volunteering still growing, I’d be a fool not to invite them to share their story on here in the future.

So who were the 3 groups of innovators?

It all started with Beats and Bridges and a style of interaction I love. How could you amplify an atmosphere by clicking? Yep. You heard right! Add in rap and you have a unique and story-telling speech, putting smiles on faces through the inspirational delivery.

The two young women want to host a free workshop for 50 women, stopping the gender inequality in the DJ scene, making digital technology accessible for women.

Next, Friend Finder gave a very personal talk about how a brain tumour became the idea to give ill young people the opportunity to make new friends. It was a story that really touched me, especially when their Poken initiative was shared.

The moment the Poken (a USB drive shaped in a hand) was revealed the room lit up! Just like the Poken when it connects with another Poken, sharing the user’s details with each other, acting as a friendship device. This is one of the best ideas I’ve EVER seen!

Lastly, BeScience STEM ended the night on a bang! (no pun intended) The personal story of how a young woman is using her dyslexia and education experiences to inspire disadvantaged youths to use STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) to better their futures, was an incredible experience to listen to, as the talk brought to life the personality of the founder.

All inspiring projects with a diverse range of motivations, and this is where you come in…

Do you think you can offer something to the projects? Want to work with them? Maybe volunteer? Would you like more information?

We all start somewhere in life and a little bit of support can go a long way.

If you want to know more, get in touch with me and I’ll put you in touch with the relevant person.

Let’s give young innovators the opportunity to speak out and together we can help their platform to make a difference in society.


A big thank you to The Youth Funding Network and O2 Think Big for inviting me. for all 3 projects for sharing their story and the hosts for the electric atmosphere.

PS How would you share your projects in a room of potential funders? Maybe today’s lack of pictures is your chance to figure out if written word is really the best way to go about pitching.


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