The international campaign ‘Hour of Code’ takes place between December 7th and 13th 2015 and stimulates everyone to develop their digital skills and learn how to code. Whether or not you want to become a programmer or work with computers, digital skills are important for everyone because it makes you understand how technology works, how startups grow fast and the importance of data.
Hour of Code aims to introduce everyone to one hour of coding experience for free. The idea behind it is that everyone between 4 and 104 can learn the basics of coding. You don’t need any experience for it and it’s free to join. The campaign is internationally backed by Barack Obama, Malala Yousofzai, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Sheryl Sandberg and Ashton Kutcher. Over 142.933.868 people world wide have tried Hour of Code.
In the Netherlands Neelie Kroes, Special Envoy for StartupDelta is poster girl for the campaign. “Coding and digital skills need to be part of the curriculum in all Dutch schools. These skills are important for the future of every child and the future of our digital economy. By providing coding in schools instead of in private initiatives you can bridge the gap between the haves and the have nots at a young age” says Kroes.
A record number of companies, schools and organizations have joined to movement in bringing coding to homes and schools. Science Museum Nemo will host workshops, startup Bomberbot has developed a special Hour of Code class which is available on their website and coding classes and coderdojo’s all over the country provided for kids, parents and everyone who wants to join. Q42 will host a special Hour of Code for children of refugees and HackYourFuture has the kick-off of their coding sessions for refugees on Friday December 11th.
The Hour of Code campaign week concludes with the Project Prep Awards in which the most promising young tech entrepreneurs are rewarded with fantastic prizes. The award show will take place in Vondelpark 3, Amsterdam and is hosted by Nicolette van Dam.
In the Netherlands the Hour of Code week is supported by a great number of well know policy makers, entrepreneurs and celebrities, among which are Neelie Kroes, Belle Zimmerman, Kim Lammers, Diane Matroos, Boris Veldhuizen van Zanten, Jim Stolze, Kajsa Ollongren and Angelique Houtveen. During the Hour of Code week additional names will be announced.
In the Netherlands the initiative is supported by StartupDelta, CodePact and InspiringFifty. On a weekly basis the Dutch Stichting CodeUur provides coding class to schools all over the country and involves companies and corporates in teaching and providing teaching materials.
The global Hour of Code initiative is organized by Code.org. Launched in 2013, Code.org is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. They believe computer science should be part of core curriculum, alongside other courses such as biology, chemistry or algebra.