Whether you’re 4 or 104, Microsoft is hoping that everyone will get involved with the Hour of Code event of December 8th.
The global event, run by Code.org, encourages people to get a taste of coding. Microsoft is working with Digital Schools, Junior Achievement, the Arts Council, and CoderDojo to develop awareness of the campaign in Ireland. Microsoft is encouraging Irish people to organise or attend events around the country.
To prepare people for the events on December 8th, Microsoft is hosting a mentor training session at its campus in Sandyfordon November 19th. This session will bring people through the one hour module that can be used on December 8th.
Managing Director of Microsoft Ireland, Cathriona Hallahan, said that while there is a focus on students, everyone is encouraged to take part. “We also want to encourage older people, artistic and creative people, those in professional roles - and especially those who are not IT literate to get involved and try out coding,” she said.
She added, “Coding has been described as being like poetry and we believe that if people try it out it could spark a love for a new language which could open up endless opportunities for them – whether they are 4 or 104.”
Microsoft is encouraging anyone interested in hosting an event to register it on www.hourofcode.org/ie and to notify the Irish team of their plans by emailing Cillian@q4pr.ie. One of the flagship events on the day will be held in the Arts Council offices on Merrion Square. The event will focus on the creative aspect of coding and what it offers to the arts community. The Arts Council recently updated the Culturefox.ie website, where details of arts events can be posted.