EU Code Week starts tomorrow: learn how to create computer apps, websites and much more

The fourth EU Code Week (15-23 October) kicks off tomorrow with thousands of events all over Europe where people, from children to seniors, can learn how the computer works behind the screen. They can try and create games, build a website or find out about hardware and robots. Code enthusiasts in 46 countries will give programming workshops in schools, libraries, universities, tech companies and other locations. Schools are especially encouraged to enrol in the CodeWeek4All challenge and teach at least 50% of their students some coding. The aim is to give people of all ages hands on programming experience. Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, said: “I invite all schools to take part in the CodeWeek4All challenge. It is important for young people to understand that they can build fun and useful things with code. In the near future 90% of jobs – in careers such as engineering, accountancy, nursing, medicine, art, architecture, and many more – will require some level of digital skills. Increasingly, that includes programming and basic coding skills.” Günther H. Oettinger, Commissioner for the Digital Economy and Society, said: “Digital skills, including coding, are important for businesses. The Gigabit society needs IT-skilled people to make the infrastructure of the future work. I would encourage everyone to try out some coding during EU Code Week – you may find it fun and it could help you find a good job.