Keeping Up With The i-Joneses

Sean Farrington | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Tech
Sean Farrington

This week's National Coding Week is testament to this. Despite our reliance on technology and technical solutions to drive our work and personal lives, few of us actually understand the inner workings or the technology that facilitate a wonderful user experience

A Real Need, a Real Opportunity - A Career in Tech May Be Closer than You Think

Miguel Milano | Posted 11.08.2016 | UK Tech
Miguel Milano

Technology is changing virtually every aspect of our lives in this mobile, hyper-connected age. It's easy to see why, when most of us carry at least one device with us at all times and we literally have an app for everything.

The Coding Curriculum - And Why We Need to Look Back to Go Forward

Jon Silvera | Posted 10.08.2016 | UK
Jon Silvera

The phrase 'back to basics' is widely used when things have gone wrong, become confused, entangled or over complicated. It's a very old saying and a particularly common one too. Very often it is used to instil confidence and trust in getting it right this time.

British Pupils are Leaving School (Tech) Illiterate

Mark Murphy | Posted 25.07.2016 | UK Tech
Mark Murphy

Teenagers really don't know it all. We think that because they spend all day on the computer that they understand tech, but many leave school with an insufficient understanding of basic security measures or what software or "code" even looks like - let alone how to write it

Why Coding Is The Answer To Our Children's Future

Jon Silvera | Posted 20.07.2016 | UK Tech
Jon Silvera

We must teach our children to code - and properly. We need to make understanding technology second nature and explain electronics and technology in the classroom, and to teach them to learn, explore and experiment fearlessly in the digital playground. In an ever evolving digital world, it is this understanding which will secure their future - and open up numerous job opportunities

Apple's New App Will Help Young People To Learn Coding For Free

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Tech

Apple has drawn the WWDC 2016 conference in California to a close by launching a free tool to teach people how to code. The Swift Playground app has b...

All Hail The Robot Overlords

Jill Hodges | Posted 07.06.2016 | UK Tech
Jill Hodges

We see our world changing around us. We are discombobulated when we are off line with more and more of our life spent 'in the cloud'. This is only going to increase as the Internet of Things means that we can control our physical world from a distance via apps.

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 30.09.2016 | 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 22.09.2016 | 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 15.09.2016 | 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 14.09.2016 | 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 07.09.2016 | 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.