Nairobi to host Coding School boot camp for Teens

Nairobi will between 10th and 14th October this year host an international bootcamp dubbed Coding School (CS) a program supported by BOEING and and run by ThinkYoung, a Brussels-based think tank that focuses on empowering the youth.

Over the past years, the Coding School program has hosted more than 500 students from over 25 countries. This is the first time it will be in Nairobi.

The event is open to children between the ages of 11 and 16.

“There are millions of vacant jobs in the IT field, some of which pay as much as $7,000 for internship positions, yet there are high levels of unemployment. This boot camp is meant to give students top-notch skills that meet the global demand for skilled labour in the tech industry and thereby give young people opportunities for gainful employment,” says Andrea Gerosa, Founder of ThinkYoung.

This year, ThinkYoung is welcoming more than 60 participants and is aiming for 70% girls so as to challenge the myth that coding and IT are skills that only interest boys.

Attending students will learn about:

  • creating mobile apps,
  • developing a small blog in HTML5, and
  • converting HTML-based games into mobile apps.
  • Micro Drones and Robotics.

The Coding School, the official press release says, provides students with a unique experience of a school characterized by innovative approaches in a non-formal educational setting. They say the program addresses the real needs of both the youth of today and the skills required by the labour market. Everyone participating gets a clear insight into the world of coding and technology.

The Coding School will cover a number of different areas, including using HTML to create a blog, mobile app and a video game. Additional activities include working on robotics and micro drones

All interested parties can apply to program here: https://bit.ly/2OWocWX

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