Students in Sunderland learn more about their Smart City


12th October 2023

Topic Education
Sector Education

Last week, we welcomed a group of enthusiastic students from Sandhill View Academy to Sunderland City Hall, to learn more about our smart city of Sunderland.

We delivered this day-long session as a partnership between Sunderland City Council, Boldyn Networks and Sunderland Software City, facilitated by Sunderland Smart City team.

The day was packed with engaging sessions designed to immerse the students in the innovative world of technology in Sunderland: including a digital careers session delivered by Sunderland Software City’s Jessica Sawyers. During this session, students explored a variety of tech-related roles and gained valuable insights into emerging technology trends. It was an eye-opening experience that left the students informed about tech career opportunities in Sunderland.


Gary Bellamy from Boldyn Networks facilitated a discussion about the Sunderland Advanced Mobility Shuttle (SAMS). The students were given the opportunity to consider how the people of our city might react to the presence of autonomous vehicles on our roads, and weigh up the pros and cons of autonomous vehicle projects in the UK.

The students also took part in an intergenerational session, with Sunderland City Council’s Ageing Well team and volunteers, who were celebrating the International Day of People Ageing Well at City Hall. In the cross-generational session, the students engaged in lively debates, tackled thought-provoking questions about social media and smartphones, and even put their creative minds to work by devising their own smart city concepts.


We are committed to fostering meaningful partnerships with local schools. If you represent a school located in Sunderland, we would like to extend an invitation to learn more about Sunderland Smart City. Our team is readily available to facilitate informative sessions either at your school, or at Sunderland City Hall. These sessions are tailored to cater to the learning needs of both students and educators alike. Please get in touch via the contact us page.

If you would like to learn more about the digital careers programme or SAMS, please explore our innovation challenges page.