As part of Accenture’s support for the global Hour of Code movement, Jordan Casey, 15 year old tech entrepreneur and CEO of Casey Games and Teachware, stopped by the Accenture offices in Grand Canal Square to give its senior leadership team a masterclass in coding. The Waterford whiz kid put the team through its paces with a series of coding challenges designed to teach them about coding and test their knowledge of computer science.

A self taught programmer and entrepreneur, Jordan launched his first company in January 2012 and since then has developed several top games for the App Store and spoken at high-profile digital events around the globe including Dublin Web Summit, TiEcon Silicon Valley, and WebCongress Miami.

To mark Computer Science Education Week (December 7th – 13th), Accenture has teamed up with Code.org to encourage participation in Hour of Code, a global initiative aimed at stimulating millions of people around the word to learn how to code. This week Accenture will complete nearly 8,000 Hours of Code and volunteer to work with teachers and Code.org to demystify coding and introduce students to computer science at local schools and events through fun, game-like online lessons.

Commenting on the initiative, Alastair Blair, Country Managing Director of Accenture Ireland, said: “The demand for STEM skills has never been greater, and in our increasingly digital world, jobs requiring skills in computer science will continue to play an even more critical role in the economy. Yet the pipeline of graduates with technology skills is lacking, especially among women. By arming students with coding skills early, they can develop them throughout their academic careers, and will be much better prepared to fill key roles in the digital businesses of the future.”

Organised by Code.org, the Hour of Code brings together more than 350 partner organizations and tens of millions of students in every country around the world. The campaign culminates with a massive coding event the week of Dec 7-13, with more than 191,000 registered events taking place around the world. The goal of the grassroots movement is to empower every student in every school with the opportunity to learn computer science.

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