15 May 2018

The final countdown! Voting closes at 7PM tonight!

Hello! 

Wow, it's been a wild two weeks since we launched our VOOM application!

Based on our current voting tally and position on the leadership board it's looking very likely that we'll get through to the pitch stage on Monday. BUT, we need to keep our numbers up in these final stages so that we can solidify our position. 

In these final two hours please continue to share with friends and family, encouraging them to vote! It could make all the difference! 

We thought you might like to know how our week has gone. Here's an overview of the highlights: 

Last Tuesday, our day started at the Insitute of Education with Professor Rose Luckin (The so-called Dr Who of AI). We're partnering with the Insitute of Education & UCL to develop our Online education platform using their AI expertise and our magic to get Debate Mate to parts of the world we don't currently reach. We then had our team at the Cabinet Office, delivering Communication & Leadership training to 15 professionals from across the department. They debated everything from banning reality TV through to the harms of social media.   On Wednesday, we were back in the boardroom delivering the penultimate session of a Women's Leadership series with London network, BroadMinded. This week's session focused on constructively challenging in the workplace, helping the participants to speak up and challenge ideas!    Thursday was a day for planning. We're teaming up with Goldman Sachs to deliver an employability programme to students in London. Our Education Team were busy finalising sessions and getting ready for the launch in late-June. The programme will see Goldman Sachs staff and Debate Mate students work together on joint innovation projects!    And then Friday marked the final day of the Debate Mate Core Programme. The 6,000 students, from 280 schools across the country have been participating in weekly after-school debating clubs, led by our top university mentors. The focus this week was on Sustainability with students taking over from their mentors as leaders of their debate club. It might be the last week of the programme for us, but the debating definitely doesn't stop!    Monday evening we hosted the final of the Urban Debate League at the House of Lords. Cardinal Pole School from Hackney narrowly beat of Sydenham School of Lewisham in a very entertaining final.      There's no stopping us!   Thank you SO MUCH for all your support!