Not a School

Technology is transforming our lives at an amazing rate. So we created Not a School to give you—our next generation of innovators—a head start.

Not a School is a week-long programme. Housed in #SamsungKX at London’s Coal Drops Yard, it explores issues that we know matter to young people. It offers a mix of educational workshops, debates and hands-on projects. Led by London legend Charlie Dark and joined by some brilliant speakers and mentors, each session is designed to help you gain the practical skills to build yourself, your community, the world and a brilliant future.

So whatever you think about your future, get ready to think the unthinkable.

Collaboration

Take your ability to work in a team to a whole new level.

Communication

Learn to express your ideas like never before.

Critical Thinking

Supercharge how you solve problems and think on your feet.

Creativity

Express your creative side and think up ideas that can change the world.

Charlie Dark

course leader

Charlie Dark

Meet our course leader Charlie Dark. He’s no stranger to pushing limits and making the most of himself. He’s a musician, DJ, poet, influencer, runner and known across London as a creative leader. He even founded the Run Dem Crew to share ideas and coordinate runs across the city.

“#NotASchool is an opportunity to learn and grow in an unconventional way in one of London’s most innovative and creative spaces.”

“#NotASchool is an opportunity to learn and grow in an unconventional way in one of London’s most innovative and creative spaces.”

Reuben Christian

Mentor

Reuben Christian

COMIC, SPEAKER, FACILITATOR

Reuben has been on a mission to Champion The Dreamers since 2006. He’s spent over a decade spreading his message, hosting entertainment shows and working with the BBC, Channel 4, Red Bull and Virgin Media.

Tobi Kyeremateng

Mentor

Andriana Lagoudes

Critical designer & filmmaker

Andriana uses filmmaking, photography and art direction to start a conversation around politics and ethics. She’s a lecturer at London College of Fashion, and has used her dress culture knowledge to empower underground communities.

Good vibes only

October 7th – 11th

Good vibes only

October 7th – 11th

How do we make the world more compassionate and online more kind?

In a world full of trolls and online negativity, we deep dive into how we can solve the world’s biggest problems with compassion, kindness and empathy.

Keynote speaker

Keynote speaker

“Ok you feel me, but do you hear me”

Tolani Shoneye

Tolani is one third of a leading UK podcast, ‘The Receipts’. She’s also an award-winning writer and influencer, currently developing an original scripted show.

TOLANI'S KEYNOTE

“Ok you feel me, but do you hear me”

Tolani’s keynote centres around the importance of empathy and how storytelling can create a human connection with an audience.

Weekly experts

Weekly experts

Akil Benjamin

DESIGN THINKER, HEAD OF RESEARCH, BIOLOGIST

Akil leads the research team at design studio Comuzi. He produces digital products and innovative experiences. He’s worked with global organisations such as the G20, the BBC, M&C Saatchi, ASOS, UBER and EY.

Jodi Ann Bickley

BESTSELLING
AUTHOR, POET, FOUNDER

Jodi is a Sunday Times bestselling author and founder of One Million Lovely Letters. She has been acknowledged by the UK Government as ‘A point of light’ and appeared on The Independent’s ‘Happy List’.

Lawrence Lartey

CREATIVE DIRECTOR, INFLUENCER, EDUCTOR

Lawrence is a communicator, educator and influencer in the world of education, media and tech. He’s a Creative Director of the Creative Lab at Ravensbourne University, and has produced award-winning content for MTV and Unicef.

Make Sustainability Personal

October 14th - 18th

Make Sustainability Personal

October 14th - 18th

How can each of us tackle the climate crisis?

Become the next Greta Thunburg. We look at the environmental issues that are shaping the global conversation and challenge in a mini brief to come up with the next big creative idea to reuse tech packaging.

Keynote speaker

Keynote speaker

“Let’s tackle sustainability in our own personal way”

Alain 'Fusion' Clapham, FRSA

Alain has presented shows for MTV and Sky, hosted events at Wembley Arena and interviewed the likes of Beyonce. An experienced educator and creative producer, he is now a lead facilitator for YouTube.

ALAIN'S KEYNOTE

“Let’s tackle sustainability in our own personal way”

Alain’s keynote centres around how each of us can affect the future of sustainability through our own personal actions.

Weekly experts

Weekly experts

Andy is an innovation specialist, working at the junction of policy and practice. He helps leaders increase the speed and scale of positive change with regards to climate, nature and wellbeing.

Andy Middleton

FACILITATOR, SPEAKER, COACH

Andy Middleton

FACILITATOR, SPEAKER, COACH

Andy is an innovation specialist, working at the junction of policy and practice. He helps leaders increase the speed and scale of positive change with regards to climate, nature and wellbeing.

Alex works at the intersection of design, code, speculative fiction and art. His work embodies social issues and exposes technological systems. In 2018, Alex was identified by the Financial Times as one of the ‘The UK’s top 100 black and minority ethnic leaders in technology’.

Alex Fefegha

DESIGNER, TECHNOLOGIST, STORYTELLER

Alex Fefegha

DESIGNER, TECHNOLOGIST, STORYTELLER

Alex works at the intersection of design, code, speculative fiction and art. His work embodies social issues and exposes technological systems. In 2018, Alex was identified by the Financial Times as one of the ‘The UK’s top 100 black and minority ethnic leaders in technology’.

Shanice founded OOM Supper Club with the idea of creating an immersive, plant-based dining experience. She aims to continue the legacy of Carribean food through a contemporary lens, and is a Young British Foodie 2019 finalist.

Shanice Bryce

FOUNDER & FOODIE


Shanice Bryce

FOUNDER & FOODIE

Shanice founded OOM Supper Club with the idea of creating an immersive, plant-based dining experience. She aims to continue the legacy of Carribean food through a contemporary lens, and is a Young British Foodie 2019 finalist.

Mariam is fueled by a healthy curiosity and passion to create value. Her design focus is on African design and typography. She prides herself on being a multipotentialite and a life hacker.

Mariam Bagresh

RESEARCHER, STORYTELLER, DESIGNER

Mariam Bagresh

RESEARCHER, STORYTELLER, DESIGNER

Mariam is fueled by a healthy curiosity and passion to create value. Her design focus is on African design and typography. She prides herself on being a multipotentialite and a life hacker.

Humanise Technology

October 21st - 25th

Humanise Technology

October 21st - 25th

How can humans and technology work together to improve everyone’s quality of life?

AI is the wave of the future. We look at all the exciting opportunities that artificial intelligence offers and how it will create a bright future.

Keynote speaker

Keynote speaker

“Technology has the power to help unite people and build communities"

Tobi Kyeremateng

Tobi is an award-winning producer with 8 years experience in live performance, festivals and film. She has worked for organisations such as AFROPUNK London, the Old Vic Theatre and the Tate Modern. She is the founder of Black Ticket Project and was named as part of The Stage 100’s 2019 ‘Most Influential Figures Working in the UK Theatre and Performing Arts Industry’.

TOBI'S KEYNOTE

“Technology has the power to help unite people and build communities”

Tobi’s keynote seeks to answer how we can make the world more inclusive through tech.

Weekly experts

Weekly experts

Adah Parris

STORYTELLER, CULTURAL STRATEGIST

Adah is recognised as one of TED Talks’ Global Emerging Innovators. She is one of the UK’s Top 100 Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Leaders in Technology, and has over 20 years of experience in transforming cultures to create human blockchains.

Gemma Milne

TECHNOLOGY WRITER

Gemma’s written work covers all things deep tech, including biotech, advanced computing, space, energy and innovation in academia, for titles such as Forbes, the BBC, CNBC, the Guardian and Quartz. She also co-hosts a podcast and is a jury member for SXSW.

Leticia Galdon

ENTREPRENEUR, FOUNDER, ADVOCATE

Leticia is determined to build a bridge between the tech industry and those affected by humanitarian crises. She is Founder and CEO at PAZ.ai⁠—a social impact startup whose mission is to bring hope to people seeking refuge.

Build an Inclusive London

October 28th - November 1st

Build an Inclusive London

October 28th - November 1st

How can we make London a city for everyone?

Whether it’s by wealth, opportunity or by space, London like many cities is split by a lot of differences. We explore how we can make our buzzing city a place for everyone to live and thrive, and how technology can play a role in making a change for the better.

Keynote speaker

Keynote speaker

“Technology has the power to help unite people and build communities"

James Ellington

Born and raised in Lewisham, sprinter James has had to work hard to overcome many obstacles in order to achieve his goals. Through years of dedication, he earned a spot on Great Britain’s Olympic team in 2012 & 2016 and also picked up two National titles and two European Championships gold medals along the way. After suffering catastrophic injuries in a motorcycle collision, he’s worked his way back to fitness, aiming for inclusion in the 2020 Olympic Games.

JAMES' KEYNOTE

“The one thing I tried to keep with me growing up was to stick to what I wanted to do."

James’ keynote discusses self belief and how you can keep the faith when everyone has lost faith in you.

Weekly experts

Weekly experts

Andriana uses filmmaking, photography and art direction to start a conversation around politics and ethics. She’s a lecturer at London College of Fashion, and has used her dress culture knowledge to empower underground communities.

Andriana Lagoudes

CRITICAL DESIGNER & FILMMAKER

Andriana Lagoudes

CRITICAL DESIGNER & FILMMAKER

Andriana uses filmmaking, photography and art direction to start a conversation around politics and ethics. She’s a lecturer at London College of Fashion, and has used her dress culture knowledge to empower underground communities.

Rachael currently works at Geckoboard and has six years experience working both in-house and agency side. Realising she was often the only woman in her company she founded Triangirls as a space to support women throughout their careers.

Rachael Grocott

DIGITAL PRODUCT DESIGNER & FOUNDER

Rachael Grocott

DIGITAL PRODUCT DESIGNER & FOUNDER

Rachael currently works at Geckoboard and has six years experience working both in-house and agency side. Realising she was often the only woman in her company she founded Triangirls as a space to support women throughout their careers.

Chloe works with the likes of H&M, Nike, Jordan, Calvin Klein, creating cutting-edge content. She founded wellness community Thy.self, which aims to actualise self-care both online and in real life.

Chloe Pierre

DIGITAL MARKETER & CONTENT CREATOR

Chloe Pierre

DIGITAL MARKETER & CONTENT CREATOR

Chloe works with the likes of H&M, Nike, Jordan, Calvin Klein, creating cutting-edge content. She founded wellness community Thy.self, which aims to actualise self-care both online and in real life.

Neelam founded DON’T SLEEP ON US, a community for black, Asian and minority ethnic change makers to uplift, inspire and learn from each other. Featured on Glamour’s 20 feminists to watch, Neelam now works for start up campaigns agency ‘Chorus’.

Neelam Keshwala

FOUNDER


Neelam Keshwala

FOUNDER

Neelam founded DON’T SLEEP ON US, a community for black, Asian and minority ethnic change makers to uplift, inspire and learn from each other. Featured on Glamour’s 20 feminists to watch, Neelam now works for start up campaigns agency ‘Chorus’.

Not a School is a UK initiative that forms part of Samsung’s global commitment to education. We empower future innovators to achieve their full potential and become the next generation of leaders to pioneer positive social change #EnablingPeople.

The current course is closed for applications.

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