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Futures Fund helps Adam to develop his career

Adam McKenna

Computer Science student Adam McKenna turned to the Futures Fund when seeking funding to attend a user experience and web development conference in Salzburg. 

Adam, who is studying the final year of his degree at the University of Sunderland, has a passion for developing accessible websites with great user experiences that can be used by anyone, regardless of disabilities or ailments. 

The Futures Fund Opportunity Scholarship allowed Adam to attend .concat() conference 2018 where he was able to learn more about the topics he is passionate about and also make useful connections.

He said: “The content of the conference was relevant to my current final year project, which focuses on web development and user experience design. Additionally, there was an excellent roster of well-connected web developers speaking and attending.

“The talks ranged from abstract concepts to specific implementations. The speakers explored concepts including developing applications across cultures, ethnicity and gender; browser support; new CSS features; website performance and progressive web apps, among others.” 

Adam also had the opportunity to network with business representatives across the industry, many of whom he has kept in touch with since. 

He added: “The information from the conference has already influenced my dissertation and will continue to do so. I intend to follow up on all the connections I made with the attendees, speakers and businesses to enhance my career. 

“Once I complete my degree, I plan on pursuing a career in the web design and development industry.”

The 22-year-old concluded: “Thanks to the Futures Fund for allowing me the opportunity to get skills, insights and make new contacts who can potentially open doors to career opportunities in the web development community.”

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