Firms offered free coding sessions for #NationalCodingWeek

“As more and more people choose to use their smartphones or tablets to browse the internet, it is becoming increasingly necessary to know at least the basics of responsive web design,” – Radek Milcarz, Yard

Business leaders in Edinburgh are invited to get along to a free seminar and workshop on building a responsive website this Friday (September 25, 2015).
They’re encouraged to sign up for the afternoon event at the Edinburgh branch of digital agency Yard as part of National Coding Week.
The free event will cover the importance of responsive web design and best practice before inviting delegates to create a responsive local web page.
Radek Milcarz, senior web developer at Yard Digital, said: “At Yard we believe that working to close the digital skills gap in the UK is of key importance, which is why we offer digital training in schools and in our local communities. We are delighted to take part in National Coding Week, which aims to empower adults to take advantage of digital opportunities and learn new skills.
“As more and more people choose to use their smartphones or tablets to browse the internet, it is becoming increasingly necessary to know at least the basics of responsive web design, which we will be covering in the afternoon workshop we are running this year.”
The workshop is just one in a series of events organised for National Coding Week, the first of which launched last year to give people an insight into the digital industries and the opportunity to learn how to write computer code.
Coding organisations across the UK have joined forces with the wider tech industry to support the initiative and run their own events.
Following the success of its inaugural year, National Coding Week will take place from September 21-27.
People from across the UK can join local free-to-attend training sessions where they’ll be taught the basics of coding alongside other beginners with little or no previous knowledge.
Some of the other events taking place in Edinburgh include a coding workshop event hosted by CoderDojo Edinburgh called Girls Dojo where female mentors will give participants the chance to try out different areas of computer programming.
A recent survey conducted by National Coding Week revealed that 52% of adults in the UK said they would feel ‘extremely or very daunted’ at the prospect of learning to code, while 41.3% believed that the older they are, the harder it is to pick up a skill like coding – rising to 46% for those in Scotland.
Richard Rolfe, co-founder of National Coding Week, said: “I’m delighted that Scotland has fully embraced National Coding Week and it is great that Edinburgh is playing a leading role. Children learn coding skills in school but it is important that adults also have the opportunity to learn these essential digital skills.”
Organisations supporting this year’s event elsewhere in the UK include Decoded, Women Who Code, Sky, Microsoft, and International tech conference organisers Future Insights. The Welsh government and the Mayor of London have also pledged their support to National Coding Week. This year’s event is sponsored by JT Group Global.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
  • Tweet your support using the hashtag #NationalCodingWeek
  • Follow National Coding Week on Twitter @codingweek
  • Visit the website to find out how you can host or attend an event in your area
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