Summer tech course offered for local students

| 11/07/2019 | 0 Comments
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Youth facilitator Brandon Caruana leading a women’s coding class

(CNS Local Life): A computer programming course targeted at young people is being launched to inspire Cayman’s next generation to break into the technology by learning to code. Youth Code (Cayman) 2019, set for 12-16 August, is being offered by Code (Cayman), a learning and support network whose goal is to promote the growth of the local technology industry.

At the same time, the organisation aims to ensure young people have access to gain the necessary technology skills through training, events and mentorship programmes, stated a press release.

The programme is open to all students between 12 and 17 who are interested in coding and technology. Registration is free, but space is limited to 20 participants to ensure an individual approach and one-on-one tutoring.

The one-week course offers “an intensive deep dive into computer programming, game development, website and application creation and more, plus ongoing mentor support for months after completion of the programme”, the release said. A follow-up course is being planned so that participants can continue to advance their acquired skills.

Code (Cayman) was founded earlier this year by the Ministry of Community Affairs, Cayman Enterprise City, Walkers and Cartan Group as an initiative to introduce more people in the Cayman Islands to coding.

Code (Cayman) is committed to supporting local students interested in technology through extracurricular education, the release said. The organisation’s founders are also committed to investing in the future of Cayman’s youth, from mentoring students through secondary and tertiary education to helping them to find employment in the industry.

“Every 21st century child should have a chance to learn about algorithms, how to make an application, or how the internet works,” said Brandon Caruana, director of Code (Cayman) and managing member of Cartan Group. “As a group we are passionate about technology, software, security, cryptography, hardware and making technology accessible to everyone.”

Caruana, will lead the youth programme, after facilitating a previous coding course for women. “We are excited about taking some of the best and brightest students in our community and building a long-term support infrastructure and community for the next generation of Cayman-based technology companies,” he said.

Code (Cayman) recently completed its first training programme, Women Code (Cayman), a free 12-week introductory computer programming course, developed to help close the technology sector’s gender gap.

Youth Code (Cayman) is sponsored by Harneys and Omise Holdings, whose support includes the donation of 20 laptops to the programme, with the first course running from 9am-2pm each day at Cayman Enterprise City Strathvale House.

To register for Youth Code (Cayman), email info@codecayman.com. For more information, go to its website

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