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Computing Live! Educational Computer Science Event

Monday 2nd March 2020

Computing Live! is an immersive event designed to bring the curriculum to life and show your students the subject in action. Learners get the opportunity to come face to face with speakers from high profile organisations who provide relevant examples and case studies for exams. Our quality speakers are chosen based on their ability to meet the learning objectives of the Computing curriculums at KS4 and KS5, which your students can then take out into the Disneyland Parks and apply in a practical and fun way. The whole experience perfectly complements classroom learning.

Click on the image below to see the event in action: Computing Live! 2018

Also held on the same day will be Business Live! and Media Live!  making this the ideal event to bring a mixed group of students from across the curriculum!

The Package
Travel Options
Places to Stay
What You Say
  • Speakers

    Kate Russell
    Tech Presenter & Event Facilitator

    Kate Russell<br>Tech Presenter & Event Facilitator

    Kate Russell has been writing about technology, gaming and the Internet since 1995 and currently appears weekly on BBC2 and BBC World News, reporting for technology programme Click. She is an experienced and adept technology speaker.

    She got her first break on TV after being encouraged to apply for a job advertising for a “young & funky” female presenter who knew about video games for a new show on Nickelodeon. Kate got the job and presented the show for three series, co-hosting with Mike McClean and an animated fish called Bert.

    In addition to her prolific writing and TV career Kate speaks regularly at technology events and conferences and in schools and Universities inspiring the next generation of female technologists. She is also gets involved in policy meetings that aim to shape the way the Internet is governed in the UK.

    In 2013 she crowd-funded more than 400% of her target to write a science fiction novel. She still finds time to run 6.5k three times a week and spends far too much time on Twitter advising people about the best web resources for their day-to-day needs. Her website, won the 2015 UK Blog Awards for best individual digital and technology blog, and in June 2015 she was voted the 25th most influential woman in UK IT by Computer Weekly magazine.


    Tom Nelson
    The Walt Disney Company

    Tom Nelson <br>The Walt Disney Company

    As Digital Commerce Manager for Disney Destinations, Tom is responsible for defining and executing digital strategy across e-commerce platforms to help guests book their holiday to Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris or onboard Disney Cruise Line. With over 10 years experience at digital agencies, Tom has delivered award-winning websites for a range of global brands, putting the customer at the heart of the experience. In 2015, Tom was recognised by Google, winning their award for inspirational digital marketers.


    Anne-Marie Imafidon - STEMettes

    Anne-Marie Imafidon - STEMettes

    Founder of Stemettes, Anne-Marie Imafidon has always been interested in business, maths and technology.  Something of a child prodigy, she passed her maths and ICT GCSEs aged ten and A-level computing aged 11, and has won further accolades in her professional career including the UK IT Industry & British Computer Society’s Young IT Professional of the Year in 2013, and the 29th Most Influential woman in IT in 2015.  

    Passionate about getting more girls interested in STEM careers her programme has seen 7000 girls across the UK, Ireland and Europe attend Stemette experiences in 3 years.   Having worked in tech for some of largest UK banks including Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers Anne-Marie has a wealth of experience and the passion to inspire the next STEM generation at Computing Live!


    Rik Ferguson
    Cyber Security Expert

    Rik Ferguson<br>Cyber Security Expert

    Rik Ferguson is a leading expert in information security. As a Special Advisor to Europol EC3, a project leader with the International Cyber Security Prevention Alliance (ICSPA), and Vice Chair of the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace & Security Science, Rik is one of the leading figures in online threats, the underground economy and the impact of security on consumers in the enterprise. Rik’s vast work history makes him the perfect choice to educate and enlighten our student audience in online security.

    Rik will address the challenges emerging technology and online crime poses to the average user and to high security firms. Rik is actively engaged in research into online threats and the underground economy. He also researches the wider implications of new developments in the Information Technology arena and their impact on security both for consumers and in the enterprise, making vital safety information accessible to a wider audience.

    Prior to assuming his current role at Trend Micro, he served as Security Infrastructure Specialist at EDS where he led the security design work for government projects related to justice and law enforcement, and as Senior Product Engineer at McAfee where he focused on network security, intrusion prevention, encryption and content filtering.


    Geoff White - Technology Producer Channel 4

    Geoff White - Technology Producer Channel 4

    An award-winning television news journalist, Geoff White’s exclusives have covered everything from fraud in the internet dating industry to the shadowy world of Russian cybercrime gangs.  He is currently employed by Channel 4 News, with a focus on tech security, personal data, privacy and e-crime.

    His reports aim to create real-world change, and have been followed by arrests, regulatory investigations and legislative action.

    He is also the co-creator of The Secret Life of Your Mobile Phone, a live, interactive phone hacking stage performance which shows how the global technology industry is harvesting the data leaking from your handset.

    For Channel 4 News he created the Data Baby project, a unique experiment which used a fictional online identity to expose how our personal data is being used – and abused – online.


    Ian Livingstone - Games workshop, Dungeons & Dragons

    Ian Livingstone - Games workshop, Dungeons & Dragons

    Ian is a leading pioneer of interactive entertainment and fiction, and one of the top players behind best selling games such as 'Tomb Raider' and 'Hitman'. Wired magazine ranked Ian the 16th most influential person in the UK's digital economy in their Wired 100 list for 2012.

    In 1992 Ian became Deputy Chairman of computer games company Domark.

    In 1995 he oversaw the merger and floatation of Domark with technology company Eidos and served as Executive Chairman of the Board of the new interactive entity Eidos plc until 2002. At Eidos - the UK's leading developer and publisher of video games - he was instrumental in securing many of the company's major franchises including Tomb Raider and Hitman.


    Clive Beale - Raspberry Pi

    Clive Beale - Raspberry Pi

    Clive Beale is the Director of Educational Development for the Raspberry Pi Foundation. A biologist by training, Clive spent several years at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew managing taxonomic databases. He moved to Wales in 2001, did a PGCE in ICT at Swansea University and took up his first teaching post at Dwr-y-Felin Comprehensive School, Neath. 

    In late 2011 he got to play with a beta version of the Raspberry Pi and immediately saw the educational potential, helping to write Computing at School's Raspberry Pi Education Manual. For the next year Clive worked with the Raspberry Pi Foundation in his spare time and in February 2013 he left teaching to work for them full-time. 

    Clive's main areas of interest are teaching computer science in primary school and learning through practical computing. He still teaches A-level Computing once a week.  


    Stef Lewandowski
    White Hacker

    Stef Lewandowski<br>White Hacker

    Stef is a technologist, designer and startup founder – in short a hacker. His work focuses on playful approaches to technology and its cultural, social and poli?cal applica?ons. Hackers such as the unique and impressive Stef are far from shadowy figures absorbed in illegal activity, but creative and motivated individuals whose unique and pioneering approach to making things digital are enabling social change. A hack is a prototype that demonstrates something about the future and Stef will be highlighting and exploring its workings.

  • The package

    The Package

    • Return travel by Coach, Eurostar or Air
    • 2 nights bed & breakfast accommodation (additional nights available at a supplement)
    • Park Hopper Ticket
    • Attendance at the Computing Live! Conference
    • Curriculum-linked workbook for students
    • Group Leader’s conference pack
    • Group Travel Insurance
    • 1:10 free place ratio for staff on a twin room basis
    • Services of the Events Team in Disneyland® Paris throughout your stay


  • Travel Options
    • 2 Night Coach Travel Package

      Sunday 24 February - Tuesday 26 February 2019


      : Morning departure for Disneyland Paris, overnight at Disneyland® Paris
      Monday: Computing Live! Free time in park. Overnight at Disneyland® Paris
      Tuesday: Return coach travel.
    • 3 Night Coach Travel Package

      Sunday 24 February - Wednesday 27 February 2019


      Sunday: Morning departure for Disneyland® Paris, overnight at Disneyland® Paris
      Monday: Computing Live! Free time in park. Overnight at Disneyland® Paris
      Tuesday: Day trip to Paris. Overnight at Disneyland® Paris Wednesday: Morning free in the Park. Return coach travel.
    • 3 Nights including Overnight Coach Travel Package

      Saturday 23 February - Tuesday 26 February 2019


      Saturday: Late evening departure. Night time channel crossing
      Sunday: Morning arrival at Disneyland® Paris. Day free to use your Disneyland® Pass. Check in at your accommodation from 17h00. Overnight at Disneyland® Paris.
      Monday: Computing Live! Free time in park. Overnight at Disneyland® Paris.
      Tuesday: Return coach travel.
    • 2 Nights Eurostar Package

      Sunday 24 February - Tuesday 26 February 2019


      Sunday: Afternoon departure from St Pancras International. Overnight at Disneyland® Paris.
      Monday: Computing Live! Free time in Park. Overnight at Disneyland® Paris.
      Tuesday : Free time to use your Disneyland® Pass. Early afternoon departure. Arrive back in London early evening.
  • Places to stay
    • disney hotel

      Disney's Hotel Cheyenne®

      The authentic flavour of the Wild West is all around, in the best tradition of all your favourite classic Hollywood westerns. This on-site hotel offers easy access to the Disneyland ® Parks and Village and all guests benefit from extra magic hours giving you early access to the Parks before gates open to the public.

      Rooms are located in 14 frontier style buildings all named after characters from western folklore grouped around a main street with covered porches and wooden walkways. The western styling runs through into the bedrooms and the hotel restaurant, The Chuck Wagon Cafe.


    • disney hotel

      Disney's Hotel Santa Fe®

      Styled as an oasis of comfort on Route 66, this Santa Fe-themed Hotel delivers classic Disney value and hospitality. This on-site hotel is just a 20 minute walk away from the Disneyland ® Parks and Village and all guests benefit from extra magic hours giving you early access to the Parks before gates open to the public.

      Rooms are cheerful and brightly painted inspired by Disney Cars. The New Mexico styling runs through the bedrooms and the hotel restaurant, La Cantina.


    • disney hotel

      B&B Hotel Disneyland® Paris

      A very large hotel with 400 rooms, located in Marne La Vallee close to Disneyland Paris. It is a very modern hotel with nicely-decorated and comfortable rooms.

      Only a few minutes from Disneyland Paris, this large hotel is ideally situated for groups travelling to Disneyland, and is recommended by Disneyland Paris. A free shuttle stops in front of the hotel every 10-15 minutes to get to either the Disney® Parks or TGV / RER Chessy Marne La Vallée station, for Paris.


    • disney hotel

      Davy Crockett Ranch

      Just a 15-minute drive from the Disney® Parks yet seemingly worlds away, the legend of Davy Crockett is alive and well. Nestle into your own private bungalow and unwind in this quaint, rustic escape. The cabin houses can accommodate up to six people in 2 bedrooms, equipped with one double bed, a set of bunk beds* and a sofa bed set within the tranquil woodlands of their natural surroundings. A safe, carefree environment with a magical touch of Disney. Naturally.


  • What you say

    Great speakers this year…good student workbook - really enjoyed the information related to Disneyland and the info graphics - can use these in the classroom.

    Aylesbury Grammar School


    Learners came away with ideas to discuss and were engaged by the issues raised.

    Birmingham Metropolitan College


    The speakers were excellent. The pupils really enjoyed the conference and it was very relevant to their learning.

    Bathgate Academy


    We definitely want to come back next year. Your trip represented better value for money than the rival company as the pupils had one more day in the park.

    Churchdown School Academy

Meeting Your Learning Objectives:

Programming and Coding
• Concepts of coding and how they are implemented in the real world
• Algorithms and data representation
• Using computational thinking to solve a wide variety of problems

Cyber Security
• Network security principals, protocols and standards
• Encryption and ciphers
• Security breaches and cyber attacks, legal and ethical implications

• Impact of Ecommerce on a business
• Technologies used in setting up a secure ecommerce site
• Impact of new and emerging technologies on the design of software applications

Who Is This For?

The event is aimed at Key Stage 4 and 5 students of Computing and Computer Science and is designed to complement studies within the AQA, OCR, Edexcel syllabus as well as complimenting WJEC and SQA qualifications.  It is aimed at encouraging and developing an enthusiasm for the subject as well as inspiration for how to progress further in the subject. 

*Price of £229 includes Early Booking Discount of £20 per person if you book by 29th March 2019. Prices start from £249 if booking after that time.

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