This week marks Europe Code Week, with thousands of events taking place all across Europe until October 18th to celebrate the importance of coding and to put computer programming on top of Europe’s digital agenda.

To join the celebration and add to the efforts, Microsoft is planning coding events in 14 European countries, including coding sessions, workshops, round tables, debates and festivities. In Ireland, Microsoft will be partnering with CoderDojo in Dublin to host an evening of coding for approximately 50 students on Wednesday, October 14th.

This follows an event at the weekend when Stephen Howell, Academic Engagement Manager at Microsoft Ireland, spoke to more than 1,000 students about programming games for Kinect using Advanced Scratch at the CoderDojo “MegaDojo” event in Limerick, Ireland. The aim of the event was to get kids excited about science and technology.

Speaking today, Cathriona Hallahan, Managing Director at Microsoft Ireland, said: “It’s great to see so many organisations and people volunteering their energies to support Europe Code Week, and fantastic for the young people who are benefiting from the wide range of events taking place. At Microsoft we are taking a leading role because we realise that coding is so important for the world we all live in today – no matter what job you do, almost everyone uses computers for their work and the next generation will only see that trend increase. It follows that proficiency in computer use and coding are skills that will stand to our young people as they take up the careers of the future.

“Coding is also an important tool because it enables you to approach a problem in a different way. Any young person with a computer and the right training can apply coding skills to solve a challenge they have set for themselves. That sense of independence is thrilling and I hope young people come away from our Europe Code Week celebrations empowered and enthused about coding and increasing their IT skills. Through CoderDojo, there is a wide range of coding clubs that young people can take part in year round, so we hope that this week’s sessions will only be the start of an educational journey for many.”

Mary Moloney, CEO of the CoderDojo Foundation, added: “We are delighted to have Microsoft, one of our European partners, leading the way when it comes to rolling out events across 14 countries this Europe Code Week, including here in Ireland. There’s much for young people to enjoy right up until the October 18th as the celebrations continue and, of course, throughout the year at our free coding clubs across the country.”

More information about Microsoft’s Europe Code Week activities in Ireland is available on the Microsoft Ireland Twitter account. Tickets for the free Microsoft Ireland coding event in Dublin on Wednesday are available here.

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