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Paving the way for next gen coders

Bett 2017 saw the launch of exciting new project KYOCodes, a competition to help discover the app developers of the future

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | March 15, 2017 | Business

The 10-week coding challenge is open to all educational establishments in the Fujitsu Education Ambassador Programme, with participants designing a brand new app for KYOCERA’s suite of application software, powered by HyPAS.

The winning app will best meet an existing business need and challenge, encouraging participants to consider real, urgent problems for enterprises and ways of tackling them. Prizes will include accreditation as an approved KYOCERA app developer.

Tracey Rawling-Church, head of CSR at KYOCERA Document Solutions UK, said, “We’re extremely proud to host this competition, which we hope will encourage pupils to take an active interest in coding and app development. The initiative had a great reception at Bett, reflecting a real desire from students. We even had a few schools that were so taken with the project that they signed up at the stand. We hope KYOCodes will encourage students’ creativity while recognising and fulfilling the need for young people to develop digital skills in a real-life setting.”

The initiative had a great reception at Bett, reflecting a real desire from students

The challenge addresses an on-going need to embrace computer sciences and digital literacy at an early age. Recently this need has been highlighted by fears that the UK is in the midst of a significant skills shortage

Figures released by the government in terms of its most recent UK employer skills survey revealed that 22% of all job vacancies in 2015 were down to a lack of adequately skilled workers. By providing the younger generation with hands on coding experience, KYOCERA is playing its part in helping to combat the digital skills shortage. 

KYOCERA has spent over 25 years serving the education sector, developing products and solutions particularly tailored in order to support teachers. To find out more about its tailored solutions, visit www.kyoceradocumentsolutions.co.uk and www.kyoceraineducation.co.uk

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