Coding

Future Proofing Today's Students Against Tomorrow's Digital Skills Gap

Clare Sutcliffe | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK Tech
Clare Sutcliffe

When we talk about educating students to compete in tomorrow's economy, there's a term that always seems to pop up: the 'skills gap'. It's on the UK government's agenda, but what exactly is the skills gap and what do we need to be doing to prevent the UK workforce from becoming victim to it?

Why We Need to Get Kids Coding

Jill Hodges | Posted 28.04.2016 | UK Tech
Jill Hodges

In the midst of all this easy-to-use technology, somehow we lost touch with the fact that someone has to build it all. And the kids have become consumers, sitting slack-jawed and motionless above the wrists for hours, killing baddies but never knowing the thrill of summoning the code-driven genies themselves.

Skills for the Jobs of Today and Tomorrow

Carwyn Jones | Posted 24.04.2016 | UK Politics
Carwyn Jones

This is why we are, today, launching a five-point plan to support coding and digital literacy skills. We want Wales to meet the aspiration set for us by a group of industry experts to become 'an Agile-Digital Nation'.

The Importance of Teaching Children: Talented Tech Professionals Are the New Rock Stars

Miguel Milano | Posted 04.04.2016 | UK Tech
Miguel Milano

We have a generation of people who are now at risk of not reaching their full potential. And at the same time, although the technology sector continues to grow, we are facing a real skills shortage that will start to impact us all.

Rise of the Humans

Michel Van der Bel | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Tech
Michel Van der Bel

If you don't work in the tech industry, it's easy to get the impression that AI systems are just ticking things off the list one by one until we humans are all redundant. But human vs. machine competitions that capture our imaginations represent only a small slice of the amazing AI research that's occurring worldwide.

From Prisoner to Programmer: What Can the UK Learn From Silicon Valley?

Suzanne Ashman | Posted 24.02.2016 | UK Tech
Suzanne Ashman

Unsurprisingly, we must look to Silicon Valley for the new, cutting-edge innovation. Or more precisely, to the hills overlooking the bay, which are home to San Quentin, California's oldest prison. To put San Quentin in a UK justice context, it would be a category A prison - it's home to 699 death row inmates.

Women in Business Q&A: Vanessa Hurst, Co-Founder, Girl Develop It

Laura Dunn | Posted 17.02.2016 | UK
Laura Dunn

Vanessa Hurst is the founder and CEO of CodeMontage, where coders engage in open source projects to improve their skills and the world. Vanessa co-fou...

The Importance of Promoting STEM Subjects Across the UK

Coorous Mohtadi | Posted 06.01.2016 | UK Tech
Coorous Mohtadi

Whilst science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) have a profound impact on our everyday lives, we continue to see a lack of engagement from students of all ages in these subjects. This is despite STEM subjects being considered one of the accelerating forces for future economic growth across the UK.

Advice for Young Coders - Interview With Síofra Kelleher

Maria Keogh | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Maria Keogh

here is a high demand for coders, yet paradoxically there is a scarcity of them. Coding for fifteen year old coder Síofra Kelleher, is comparable to learning another language, and anyone with a desire to learn and good application can learn.

Invaluable Career Lessons From the BBC's 'Girls Can Code'

Lucy Gill | Posted 01.10.2015 | UK Tech
Lucy Gill

I've just finished watching the second and final episode of BBC's Girls Can Code and I have to admit I found it fascinating - although not for the reasons I'd expected. From the title I'd assumed this would be a look at 'coding' whereas in fact it was more about inspiring women to consider careers in the tech industry and female entrepreneurship. Something I wholeheartedly support.

National Coding Week - A Great Opportunity to Reflect on the State of Play for Women in Tech

Sheree Atcheson | Posted 22.09.2015 | UK Tech
Sheree Atcheson

We know that over 50% of gamers are female, yet only 4% develop them. We know that out of the 100 richest tech entrepreneurs in the world, only seven are women. This clearly does nothing to tackle the fact that, when a lot of people envisage 'someone from the IT industry', they picture a certain type of person - usually a man.

Girls: Six Reasons the Coding World Needs You

Sinead Bunting | Posted 17.09.2015 | UK Tech
Sinead Bunting

The tech world needs more women, which is why we've recently launched our Girls In Coding campaign. And here are the top six reasons you should learn to code.

When BASIC Is Good

David Levy | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Tech
David Levy

The word "basic" has a variety of connotations, and allegedly thanks to Kate Moss it is the more negative ones that became fashionable early this summer. But now, as the new school year starts up, BASIC has suddenly found itself being thrust into the headlines in a much more positive way - the computer language that can enable every child to learn to code.

Sir Clive Sinclair's Team Launch Every Child Can Code Initiative

David Levy | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Tech
David Levy

What our team hopes to achieve with Every Child Can Code is to make the UK one of the world leaders once again - to create a whole new generation of talented coders, and to sustain that effort in the years and decades to come.

New Programming GCSE To Be Introduced So Students Can Learn How To Create The Next Facebook

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 22.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education

Students are to be taught how to create the next Facebook after a new programming GCSE was announced which will teach teens about online viruses, hack...

Yes, the Kids Are Smarter Than Us...

Jill Hodges | Posted 19.05.2016 | UK Tech
Jill Hodges

Young people are switched on - and are going to be the motor of the economy going forward. It's exciting and encouraging, sometimes inspirational. I for one couldn't be happier that they are smarter than us.

Hail the March of the Citizen Coder. It's Simple, Really.

Miguel Milano | Posted 11.05.2016 | UK Tech
Miguel Milano

If there's an increasing global demand for coding skills, that's in part because there is an increasing demand for apps, especially those that bridge the gap, and provide an interface, between customers and brands.

This Is Exactly Why There's Still a Way to Go When It Comes to Women and the Tech Industry

Georgie Barrat | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK Tech
Georgie Barrat

Digital job growth is forecasted to outperform all other occupations within the next five years. If we don't address the challenge of how to attract and retain female talent within technology, we simply won't be able to close the job gap.

Help Your Child Fill the Techcrunch of Job Shortages

Adam Lipecz | Posted 23.06.2015 | UK Parents
Adam Lipecz

The government now wants the nation's kids to not only consume technology but to build it. With it being projected that the country is to have a shortage of 249,000 workers for technologically skilled jobs by 2020*, there's a reason the government has made some significant changes.

Will We Be the Clueless Coding Generation?

Georgie Barrat | Posted 16.05.2015 | UK Tech
Georgie Barrat

Never will we find ourselves "not being able to make the video player work" because we have a grasp on how to interact with menus, cursors, downloads & searches. Our knowledge is ingrained, adaptable and transferable.

Call to Action: Girl Geeks, Make Yourselves Known

Rachel Swidenbank | Posted 27.04.2015 | UK Tech
Rachel Swidenbank

Females account for between 15-20% of engineering and computer science students at universities in the UK. I had heard the numbers, but they had failed to capture just what it would feel like to find yourself in a large lecture room filled with 150 students, only 20 of whom were female.

Brown Faces in Tech Spaces

Damilola Odelola | Posted 14.03.2015 | UK Tech
Damilola Odelola

If the industry is dominated by white men - as most very profitable industries are - that automatically means that others have a harder time breaking through and getting some of those riches. Women are already paid less in tech making it harder for them to get a piece of the pie.

Her Royal Tweet

Anne Marie Neatham | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Tech
Anne Marie Neatham

The Queen sent her first ever tweet at the recent opening of a new exhibition at London's Science Museum. The tweet read: 'it is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @sciencemuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting. Elizabeth R.' The Queen has a history of engaging with modern technology.

Is 'Pink It, Shrink It' Really the Answer?

Rachel Swidenbank | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Tech
Rachel Swidenbank

Within the consumer world one way marketers encourage more women to purchase their goods is what we refer to as "pink it, shrink it". Make it feel more like a women should use it. But should we be using this method to encourage more girls to code?

Can Coding Help Us Get Ahead?

Rachel Swidenbank | Posted 26.10.2014 | UK Tech
Rachel Swidenbank

20 years ago we were leading the way in technological advancements, and now our children will be provided with the skills that will present them with the opportunity to become the new masters of technology.