Liverpool’s next generation of coders will take part in a pioneering global Hackathon this week in Central Libraryand St Georges Hall.
Up to 100
students from secondary schools across the city will be part of a unique event
on Thursday and Friday (28 and 29 November), which shines a spotlight on the
importance of coding and how it can give youngsters a head start in life.
Organised by the
city council and iamtheCODE, the event’s aim is to empower students,
particularly girls, from all backgrounds into careers in the ‘STEAMED’ sectors – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts,
Mathematics, Entrepreneurship and Design – and help address the shortage of
Across the two
days, there will be a variety of topics covered including coding, app building,
data analysis and designs around sustainable development goals. Speakers will
talk about their experience of the industry and mentors will be on hand to
guide the youngsters through the data-filled world.
The best ideas
which will come out of the two days will be developed and supported through
local programmes, with the help of iamtheCODE, mentoring and further activities
with partners in the UK, Asia and Africa
It is the
brainchild of Senegalese-born British technologist Mariéme Jamme. Mariéme works
tirelessly to encourage young women to take up coding – a skill she taught
herself after a turbulent childhood which saw her raised in various foster
homes and trafficked as a young prostitute to Paris.
the importance and power of learning this skill, and aims to enable one million
females globally to become coders by 2030. iamtheCODE is direct action
towards implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to
improve economic outcomes for women.
For more details, head to www.iamthecode.org.
Follow on @i_amthecode (Instagram/Twitter), @iamthecode (Facebook).
The event forms part of the city’s RISE programme which celebrates extraordinary women. For the latest information about RISE, visit www.riseliverpool.co.uk, or follow @Rise_Liverpool on Twitter and Instagram. RISE is funded by Arts Council England. Other partners include the University of Liverpool, Weightmans, The Women’s Organisation, Blackburne House, Northern Power Women, Merseyside Women of the Year, The Girls Network and the Mayoral Club.
Member for education, employment and skills, Councillor Barbara Murray, said: “This is an incredibly important event
and I’m delighted Mariéme and her team have chosen Liverpool youngsters to
empower and educate.
“We want to do
as much as we can to help our young people thrive in this digital age, and the
Hackathon will do just that. It’s about setting them up for academic success –
they will learn problem-solving skills as well as develop critical and creative
thinking, which will then set them up for their future careers.
hugely inspirational – to have such a harrowing start to life and to then turn
it round to become one of the most recognisable names in the coding sector is
hugely impressive. I’m sure the students taking part this week will learn some
invaluable lessons which will set them up for a successful future.”
Jamme said: “At the end
of the two days, amazing young students will build innovative solutions related
to the Sustainability Development Goals, get inspired, be included and have
lots of fun.”