Cambridge Spark

Cambridge Spark

Cambridge Spark’s pledge is to help the European workforce become more employable and relevant by providing people with the IT skills most demand (such as data science and software development) through trainings that make use of learning cutting edge techniques. Cambridge Spark is executing the pledge by a combination of activities:  

  • Intensive in-person weekend bootcamps for professionals hosted in Cambridge and London 
  • Specialised in-house training for corporate organisations
  • Sponsored free practical workshops for university students
  • Free online resources and tutorials to allow professionals to learn at their own pace
  • Free community events delivered by experts from the fields of data science and software development.

By the end of 2017 our goal is to have trained at least one thousand people across a wide range of backgrounds, from high school students to professionals.

Last update: 23/10/2017
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Pledge Category

Digital skills for labour force

Pledge's geographical scope

Time period

Start date: 01/01/2017
End date: 31/12/2017

Other Pledge details

Public Funding: NO
Our organisation is funded through industry relations and a range of paid services aimed at professionals.

Cambridge Spark

Cambridge Spark is a learning community for developers and data scientists. We provide a platform to help individuals become more employable and relevant.

Qualitative Impact

● Direct transfer of industry-relevant skills through a highly hands-on approach to teaching;
● Increase technical confidence of individuals who get trained;
● Raise awareness of a broad range of opportunities in the ICT sector including data science and software development;
● Train people from a wide range of backgrounds assuming little prior-knowledge, in particular, underrepresented groups in data; science and software development such as women;
● Expose professionals to the latest technical resources available to stay relevant;
● Enable professionals to communicate more efficiently with developers and data-scientists within their organization.

Quantitative Impact

Indicator Description Target Status
People trained face to face/workers Professionals looking to increase and develop their skills through workshops, internal trainings and bootcamps 500 320
People trained face to face/higher education students University students looking to enrich their education and acquire more skills 300 125
People trained face to face/secondary education students Secondary school students coming for our summer school program in the summer 2017 200 125

Pledge progress

Evidence about progress

Over the year we have run a variety of events: two conferences, a few meetups and a variety of weekend bootcamps. We also ran a summer school and have also started a 6 month conversion course that will run until march 2017.

We now focus on offering the conversion course as well as conferences in various parts of the UK.

In the period October 2016 to October 2017 we had:

Conferences: around 250 attendees
Bootcamps and bespoke courses: around 200 attendees
Summer course: around 120 attendees
Other events (e.g.: free meetups): around 250 attendees

Meaning that in that period, around 820 people came to our events and increased their skills in data science, programming and machine learning as a result. We predict that by the end of the year we will have reached over 1000 people.


Milestone name Completion date Status
2 sponsored seminars for university students 20/06/2017 Completed
2 sponsored seminars for university students 20/12/2017 Completed
Code summer school 20/09/2017 Completed
24 specialised bootcamps 31/12/2017 On Track