Microsoft invites students across Ireland to take part in Hour of Code session

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Hour of Code participants Corina Lin (13) and Veronica Cwikowska (13) from Rockford Manor Secondary School in Blackrock

Remote tutorial to be backed up by classes from volunteer developers

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4 December 2017 | 0

Microsoft today invited every school in the country to take part in an Hour of Code session. To make it easy for all schools to take part in a session Microsoft is hosting a special Hour of Code via Skype on Wednesday 6 December from 11am-12pm.

In addition to the Skype session, Microsoft employees will be volunteering their time and going into schools to deliver an Hour of Code in person.

Cathriona Hallahan, managing director, Microsoft Ireland, said: “Earlier this year Microsoft committed to enabling 10,000 girls in Ireland to engage with technology in a positive way over the next two years. Through this engagement, young women will be encouraged to engage with technology – through study, career or in their personal pursuits. The Hour of Code is a way for us to do this in an exciting way with students around the country who might not normally have the chance to participate in coding sessions at their schools.”

“Europe’s projected skills shortage of 500,000 ICT workers by 2020 is a worrying one. This is in an exciting sector that needs a diverse collection of skills and thinkers to ensure it continues to thrive. There’s lots of opportunity and Hour of Code is just one way to provide students with a taste of what’s possible if you open your mind to creativity.”

To take part in an Hour of Code session with Microsoft Ireland register at Microsoft Hour of Code Session.

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