Scotland gears up for National Coding Week 2016

Industry News | 20.09.2016

Scotland gears up for National Coding Week 2016

Call for schools to address Scotland's digital skills gap

More free coding sessions than ever being held in Scotland for #NationalCodingWeek

National Coding Week is back and bigger than ever for its third year, with more than 3000 people anticipated to take part in free events across the week.

Running from September 19 – 25 across the UK, the week-long series of events is entirely run by volunteers and encourages adults to try their hand at writing computer code, often for the first time. Volunteers behind this year’s events come from a range of organisations, from start-ups to multinationals and span the length and breadth of the UK

Scottish efforts this year are being driven by organisations such as Yard Digital, CoderDojo, Glasgow Libraries and Edinburgh College.

Scotland ambassador, Dr Martin Goodfellow, Coder-in-Residence at Glasgow Life, said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to be the Scottish ambassador for National Coding Week. The event has been great for getting more people interested in coding and has grown enormously over the past three years. It’s fantastic to see so much engagement throughout Scotland and beyond in 2016. Here’s to a brilliant week of coding!”

Richard Rolfe, founder of National Coding Week, said: “As a ‘crowd sourced’ event, the success of National Coding Week rests on passionate computer programmers, developers and digital professionals who give back by hosting their own events.

“This isn’t a government initiative, nor are we doing it for profit. National Coding Week was created because, as an industry, we identified that we needed to do something ourselves to address this ever-growing skills gap.

“The EU Commission predicts that by 2020 Europe will have a shortfall of 900,000 IT professionals. And with the UK potentially going it alone post-Brexit we need to grow as much talent as we can at home. This is why the efforts of those volunteers across Scotland are so crucial.”

National Coding Week, which is supported by platinum sponsor JT Group, offers free-to-attend training sessions for anybody who’s interested in being taught the basics of coding alongside other beginners with little or no previous knowledge. Organisations supporting this year’s event elsewhere in the UK include Decoded, Women Who Code, Generate and Barclays. Here are just some of the events that will be taking place over the week across Scotland: 

Meet CodeClan: Info Session for Employers
Employer info session to find out more about CodeClan and how they support business growth.
Date: Sep 22nd

CoderDojo session at the Stockbridge Library
CoderDojo have teamed up with Edinburgh College and the session should be based around the Python programming language
Date: Sep 21st

Stuxnet - The World's First Cyber Weapon
This presentation tells the story of Stuxnet, the world’s first cyber weapon, and of its target, the nuclear bomb programme in Iran. 
Date: Sep 14th

Teach your Parent/Guardian how to Code
Glasgow Libraries - In this session the young people will bring along a parent or guardian and teach them how to code.
Date: Sep 24th

57North Hacklab: Open Night
Come in, see what we get up to, have a drink and play with some toys. 
Date: Sep 20th

CoderDojo Inverness
Learn how to code, or if you already can, improve your skills. Build cool stuff, from games to websites to animations to apps. 


  • Tweet your support using the hashtag #NationalCodingWeek
  • Follow us on Twitter @codingweek
  • Visit our website to find out how you can host or attend an event in your area

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