On Thursday the 30th of November between 10 am and 4.30 pm, Eldon Building will host an exciting launch event for PONToon!
PONToon is a new project, led by the University of Portsmouth, targeting socially excluded women, who are disadvantaged by their gender, and who face challenges that include single parenthood or suffering mental health issues.
The project aims to develop a free digital toolkit that will improve these women’s digital skills, giving them access to the labour markets, and assist them in finding employment.
The launch will open with a welcome from Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Pal Ahluwalia, before heading into a panel discussion, and Q&A, featuring invited guest speakers, who will discuss the key themes of the project: digital technologies and female social inclusion.
Refreshments and lunch will be provided, giving guests an opportunity to network, before kicking off an exciting afternoon of music, live demonstrations and hands on digital experiences, including: 3D Tilt Brush, Motion Capture, 360 filming and Virtual Reality Demonstrations, and live webinars!
After the excitement of the PONToon launch in Eldon Building comes to an end, Aspex Gallery will host a Speed Networking event, from 7 pm to 9 pm, providing networking opportunities for anyone interested in what the project has to offer, and how to get involved!
This event is open to potential employers, community organisations, initiatives, educational institutes, and women interested in benefiting from the project!
Both events are free to attend, but you must book your place on Eventbrite.
PONToon (Partnership Opportunities using New Technologies fostering sOcial ecOnomic inclusioN) is a European INTERREG 5A funded project creating a cross channel transdisciplinary partnership between centres of excellence in design research, social inclusion and employability, visual arts trust, business women’s networks, enterprise and employment training agencies, mental health support charity and regional councils in the UK and France.
PONToon is focused on digital technologies, local growth, collaboration and the use of community networks, ensuring the employment of 1600 women across the UK and France, is the fundamental aim of the research.
PONToon is led by Principal Investigator Professor Joan Farrer, Associate Dean of Enterprise and Innovation in the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, this project demonstrates the opportunities for innovation arising from trans-disciplinary research.
Anyone interested in getting involved – please contact the PONToon Project Office, firstname.lastname@example.org or 02392 845191 (Mon – Thurs, 10am – 4pm)