#NationalCodingWeek back for 2017

The dedicated coding initiative brings a full week of free events to the UK

National Coding Week – running across the UK this week (18th – 24th September) – is back this year to bring back the popular week-long series of events, run entirely by volunteers. The initiative encourages adults to try their hand at writing computer code, or to just find out more about coding, often for the first time.

Events will be held throughout the week in major cities including London, Manchester, Glasgow and Belfast, as well as more remote locations including Jersey and Guernsey. Organisers are calling on Government and the UK tech community to back the campaign once again and show their support via #NationalCodingWeek.

This year, organisers are encouraging businesses and individuals to mark Thursday 21st September in their diaries to take part in a national coding lesson, which people can log-on to and participate in wherever they are. Signing up to the free en masse lesson is easy to do. Those wanting to take part in the 45 minute session should visit codingweek.org just before noon on Thursday. Certificates will be sent out to all who take part.

Face-to-face events taking place up and down the UK include:

·       Northcoders, learn to code taster session – Manchester
18th September @ 6.30pm: Find out more   

·       Grab a Grown-Up for Code Club – Shetland 
19th September from 4.45pm @ Shetland Library

·       Build a Game in 3 Hours – London 
19th September @ 6pm: Find out more

·       Fun with HTML coding challenge – Uxbridge
21st September @ 9am: Find out more

·       Game design workshop – Jersey
18th September @ 15.30: Find out more

·       Introduction to Machine Learning with WWC – Belfast 
21st September @ 6pm: Find out more

·       Parents Lunchtime Cake and Code with Barclays – Guernsey
19th September @ 12.30 and 7.30pm: Find out More

·       How to hack a handbag and 3D print a hat – Reading
20th September @ 12pm: Find out more

·       CodeUp Keele Extra: Javascript coding a game for beginners – Keele
18th September: Find out more

·       FutureLearn introduction to coding – London
18th September @ 6pm: Find out more   

·       Lunchtime Coding Drop-in – Glasgow 
22nd September @ 12.30pm: Find out more

Head of UK events for National Coding Week, Jonathan Channing said: “We’re delighted to be bringing National Coding Week back for its fourth year! Our ambition is to reach more people than ever before in 2017.

“With such a mix of events happening up and down the country we’re confident that that we’ll see hundreds of people giving coding a go. A big thank you goes to the sponsors and the brilliant volunteers who all come together for this week every year to highlight the importance of digital skills, the growing gap and the need to give people a chance to develop these vital skills to help us all succeed.” 

National Coding Week is supported by platinum sponsor JT Group as well as Gold Sponsors Northcoders, and Bronze Sponsors Rocket Software. Organisations also supporting this year’s event include Makewaves, FutureLearn, Digital Festival, and Women Who Code.

This week is about breaking down the barriers to learning key digital skills and demonstrating just how fun a career in code can be! – Ruth Ng, Northcoders

Ruth Ng, of Northcoders, added: “National Coding Week’s ambition aligns perfectly with what we are trying to achieve as an organisation. This week is about breaking down the barriers to learning key digital skills and demonstrating just how fun a career in code can be!”

Tamara O’Brien, Head of Marketing, Brand and Distribution at JT Global, said: “National Coding Week continues to raise awareness of the importance of learning digital skills and that can only be a good thing. An ability to code is already a useful tool and one that is set to become essential in our workforces as technology advances. We firmly believe that NCW will grow and grow and we’re proud to be a part of it.”

Andrew Simpson, engineer at Rocket Software and host of their HTML event, said: “IT skills are becoming increasingly important in today’s workforce. So we’re thrilled to be playing our part this National Coding Week to help people of all ages get to grips with the world of programming.

How to get involved in National Coding Week 2017

·       Follow us on Twitter @codingweek

·       Tweet your support using the hashtag #NationalCodingWeek

·       Visit our website codingweek.org/events to attend an event in your area

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