To win a ticket, entrants must explain what inspires them about the digital world and what excites them about the future of technology.
The competition is open to students aged between 12 and 18 who live or go to school in Islington, Tower Hamlets, Newham or Hackney; or in London's N1 postcode – which is home to the Macmillan Science and Education campus.
The event takes place on 18 October 2014 at Tobacco Dock in Wapping and winners receive free transport to and from the venue from GetTaxi.
The conference will feature workshops, Q&As and talks from experts from industries including fashion, music, coding and design. The lineup includes hip-hop duo Rizzle Kicks, first Briton in space Helen Sharman and fashion blogger Fleur De Force. Workshops will range from how to build a pocket spacecraft to making a viral video.
The programme Connecting Tech City aims to link young people in East London with opportunities to learn digital skills and obtain a job in East London’s Tech City.
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Director of the programme Jess Tyrrell said she was delighted 50 places were being offered to young people in East London – especially as the conference is taking place in the area.
“This is one of a number of events we’re partnering with in the next few months to show local young people that London’s tech industry is open to them,” she said.
Macmillan Science and Education is the largest corporate donor for the project, with the target of crowdfunding £50,000 in 2014.
The company's director of technology ventures David McNally said he hopes the winners will be inspired by what they see and hear, and maybe even become the engineers, innovators, scientists, explorers, creatives and educators of the future.
"We’re running this competition because we wanted to give young people from our community the chance to hear the incredible stories of people like 19-year-old Ionut Alexandru Budisteanu, who is building a self-driving car, and Darcus Beese, now president of Island Records who started out as an intern at the company," he said.
Deadline for entries is 10 October 2014. The entry form and more information can be found here.