The Smart Years

Episode 3

Meet Future Tech Rockstars: Mum and Son Dynamic Duo!

Bybreen Samuels published on

Bybreen Samuels is in conversation with Grace and Femi Owolade-Coombes. They are the Co-Founders of South London Raspberry Jam. Together they deliver tech workshops and events to children with Tourette Syndrome, Autism and those from under-represented groups.

Their transformative work has caught the attention of grass root communities, public institutions, tech corporate giants and Royalty. Last year, when Femi was just 11 years old, he was the recipient of The Diana Award. This is in recognition of him as a young person who has the power to change the world! Checkout his Twitter profile picture where he’s beaming away with Princes William and Harry!

Tune into this episode of The Smart Years to discover the:

  • Motivation behind this movement
  • One thing Femi did when he met Princes William and Harry
  • Meaning of parenting an entrepreneurial child
  • Benefits of starting a blog at 9 years old
  • Reason why the mission statement has changed
  • Power in reframing what success looks like
  • Key question Grace and Femi ask themselves when they take on a project
  • One thing that children from the Bangladesh workshop vowed to continue
  • Journey of what children did to get their code onto Columbus, a laboratory that’s part of the International Space Station
  • One skill everyone must develop to survive and thrive in the Digital and Information Age.

Quote of the Day by Debasish Mridha

"The purpose of education is to open the windows of your mind."

Recommended Resources:

  1. Book – Computational Fairy Tales by Jeremy Kubica
  2. Communication Tool – Slack
  3. Developers’ Forum - GitHub
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