Derry teen poised for CultureTech Conference

Derry teen Niamh McCay (front centre) with her CREATE team.
Derry teen Niamh McCay (front centre) with her CREATE team.

A teenager from Derry has announced details of an entirely youth-led event for CultureTECH in September,

Create:2015 aims to inspire those who feel they are destined to work in the digital and creative industries in years to come.

Seventeen-year-old Niamh McCay from Derry will join five other teens from across Northern Ireland in creating an event which will centre on allowing young people to network and hear from renowned guest speakers.

Create:2015, will be held on September 17 at the Playhouse in Derry.

The conference will feature eight speakers, including BBC Click Presenter Kate Russell, as well as four hands-on workshops.

Last year’s event, Create:2014, was given the thumbs-up by none other than cultural icon Stephen Fry on Twitter.

Niamh McCay said: “I’m excited to be joining the Create team this year, as I followed it closely last year. 300 young people walked away from the event full of excitement and eagerness to get stuck in with the creative industries, which is why we’re so pleased to be back again this year.”

Niamh is joined by Gareth Reid (17), Matthew Carson (19), Jordan Earle (18), all from Belfast, Sarah Semple (17) from Omagh and Anona Weir (18) from Cookstown.

Gareth Reid, heading up the team, said:

“Create:2015 gives attendees a great chance to get creative. We really wanted to focus on audience involvement this year.

“With a diverse speaker line-up and interactive workshops, we’ve no doubt that Create:2015 will be even better than last year.”

A limited number of tickets will be available to the public.

For school groups, the event is completely free. Teachers interested in getting involved can e-mail Gareth for further information at

The CREATE team is currently raising financial backing from both local and international companies through a range of sponsorship packages to fund the event.

Interested parties should email team member Matthew Carson for further information at

Now in its fourth year, CultureTECH is Northern Ireland’s innovation festival, and in 2014 welcomed over 43,000 people to over 200 event.

This September the Derry organisers are expecting over 60,000.

We run a year-round programme of educational outreach activities in over 150 schools.