Year Here’s first Backyard Bootcamp of 2013

By Year Here. Year Here are a new type of gap year that challenges ambitious and entrepreneurial young people to a year of tackling social issues in their own backyard.

This Friday is Year Here’s first Backyard Bootcamp of 2013, in partnership with the Cabinet Office, and will challenge participants to use social innovation techniques to advise on government policy.

We’ve designed a day-long bootcamp that will be interactive, challenging and fun, getting you out of a stuffy lecture theatre (despite the theme) and into the real world. We’ll be looking at how higher education can catalyse social change – from preparing the next generation of students to become social entrepreneurs to finding the smartest ways to measure social impact.

We’d love for you to come with us and:

• Immerse yourself in a real social challenge, and try your hand at understanding the issues from a user-centred perspective, developing interviewing and focus group facilitation skills as you meet with student social entrepreneurs and experts across London.

• Get going with post-it notes and creativity and have a go at designing the solution, in a highly interactive innovation session – feeding back directly to the Head of Social Investment and his team at the Cabinet Office.

• Have a chance to network with some of London’s top employers in social entrepreneurship and the nonprofit sector in Student Hubs, On Purpose, the Emerge Venture Lab and Finance Matters.

The event will start and finish at the Cabinet Office in Westminster and will involve travel to other parts of London – so you will need a few pounds on your oyster.

We have two different ticket types for this event is – please register according to whether you are a prospective applicant for the 2013 Year Here fellowship or not. We welcome those that are not prospective applicants but please note that we are prioritising spaces for those that are.

There is a limited number of spaces so participation in the event carries a small charge to guarantee your spot and to ensure that you are committed to attending.

For those that are not currently earning, let us know on and we may be able to cover your travel expenses.