FEMI OWOLADE-COOMBES_

Legacy Award Holder

FEMI’S STORY_

When Femi was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at the age of seven, he wondered how it would shape his life, not realising the incredible influence he would have on other young people who were also neuro-divergent.

A talented coder and described as one of ‘tomorrow’s engineers’, Femi set up the South London Raspberry Jam to share his passion for computing with friends from his Tourette’s Action support group and other young people with autism and Tourette syndrome.

Femi has provided free workshops to hundreds of young people and helped deliver a number of successful teacher/parent workshops, which help them to gain insight into their children’s engagement with technology.

His blog, www.hackerfemo.com documenting his journey, has reached over 50 countries and he also delivers talks to organisations across the country, sharing his vision of increasing access and widening diversity in the digital making and coding community.

Femi’s activities give people the skills and knowledge to understand and shape an increasingly digital world, as well as helping to equip them for the jobs of the future, a vital opportunity for young people to have access to.

 

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