MCAST cel­e­brates Code Week

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - EDUCATION -

The MCAST In­sti­tute of ICT and the E-Skills Foun­da­tion col­lab­o­rated to cel­e­brate Code Week. The event is part of the Europe Code Week 2017 event at which, all around, Europe IT pro­fes­sion­als make apps, web­sites and lots of other things by learn­ing to code.

EU Code Week is a grass­roots move­ment that cel­e­brates cre­at­ing with code. The idea is to make pro­gram­ming more vis­i­ble – to show young, adults and el­derly how you bring ideas to life with code, to de­mys­tify these skills and bring mo­ti­vated peo­ple to­gether to learn. The ini­tia­tive was launched in 2013 by the Young Ad­vi­sors for the Dig­i­tal Agenda Europe. Learn­ing to code is a pow­er­ful way of ex­plor­ing ideas and cre­at­ing new so­lu­tions for work and play. Cod­ing skills de­serve to be cel­e­brated. This year Code Week is cel­e­brat­ing its fifth birth­day. In or­der to mark this mile­stone, the code week ac­tiv­i­ties will be held over two weeks un­til 22 Oc­to­ber.

In 2016, nearly a mil­lion peo­ple in more than 50 coun­tries around the world took part in the EU Code Week. Malta also suc­cess­fully took part in this ini­tia­tive. As part of its strat­egy for a Dig­i­tal Sin­gle Mar­ket, the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion sup­ports the EU Code Week and other in­de­pen­dent ini­tia­tives which aim to boost dig­i­tal skills in­clud­ing pro­gram­ming for dif­fer­ent tar­get groups.

As part of the Code Week cel­e­bra­tions the MCAST ICT In­sti­tute de­liv­ered a num­ber of short ses­sions to the gen­eral pub­lic to ex­pe­ri­ence cod­ing through sim­ple and prac­ti­cal ses­sions.

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