Turning plans into action

Amanda Jess
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Bridge wants to help develop an IT hub in Pictou County

NEW GLASGOW - Sean Bridge has endless ideas for developing an IT hub in Pictou County. 

Several of them are coming to fruition, including a computer-training workshop for all ages and skill levels.

“I’d like to see from youth to seniors have an interest in technology, regardless of experience,” the local web developer says.

He’s hoping to start workshops in May at the Celtic Circle in partnership with the Forbes Street Presenters Society and will provide more information in the coming weeks.

He plans to provide help in a wide range of technological problems, from complete unfamiliarity with computers to education on a specific program.

Right now, it’s just him, but he’s hoping to gather more educators.

Bridge sees a need for rural Nova Scotians to tap into technology and the opportunities it brings. 

He knows a thing or two about creating his own opportunities, having moved to Nova Scotia from Ontario to do just that.

“If you don’t reinvent yourself into something new or at least get yourself tapped into technology today, your tomorrow is going to be pretty bleak,” he says about modern business.

He notes that a number of businesses in Pictou County aren’t online or aren’t mobile friendly, leaving them out of a large market for visiting tourists.

By building up an IT hub, he wants to see more technology get utilized.

Computer training is only a small part of his vision.

“The concept out of all of this is to create that IT hub in the community,” he says.

Another plan that he has set in motion is live audio streaming for Celtic Circle events on his online radio website, seanradio.com.

It would allow for artists in the area to have more visibility on a larger stage, as well as offer something new.

Bridge is streaming content constantly, from audio in his car to Netflix, and says an audio feed of local events would add convenience.

“Anything new, especially working with the community, I think it has a lot of value out there,” he says. “It comes back to the reason why I came out here. You have talent out here that is only known within Pictou County.”

He would add the audio to Youtube or Soundcloud as well, giving people a chance to play back later.

He would need to get permission from the performers first, but hopes to begin that in May.

Some of his other plans on the go include building computers with youth, teaching how create video games, education on making mobile apps, an Internet security workshop, a gaming party and workshops in Tatamagouche.

Bridge is working with Tearmann Society to get a series of computers and a group that can teach youth to put computers together after Bridge takes them apart.

“It gives them a better understanding of what a computer is. It gives them the ability to not have to go out and spend a lot of money on one – they can build their own,” he says.

He wants to give youth more options, whether it’s a chance to get out of the house to game against their friends in the same space, or mentoring them in technology for future employment.

 

 

amanda.jess@ngnews.ca

On Twitter: @NGNewsAmanda

 

Organizations: Forbes Street Presenters Society, Tearmann Society

Geographic location: Pictou County, Nova Scotia, Ontario Tatamagouche

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