Technocamps is a 3-year EU funded project to bring an awareness of technical Informatics to the 11-19 age group in the ̀Convergence zone' of Wales. The project is coordinated through four universities, with materials and activities being developed in each of the academic hubs. Projects of this scale are rare, both in terms of geographic area and financial backing, creating a new set of challenges and opportunities. We review the background to the project and its need, outline its activities during its first year and the challenges they have presented, and make observations about portability and derived good practice that might inform similar projects elsewhere. Longer term evaluation and longitudinal study will develop during the next two years of the work.