Tower Hamlets Council opened the borough’s first Coding Club, with partners Kano and the Elysium Foundation on Wednesday, October 14 as part of Digital Inclusion Week (October 12-16) celebrations.
The first session saw young people building their own computer, before taking a taster session in coding.
The training was led by industry experts Kano at a state of the art facility at Quay House in Canary Wharf.
Mayor of Tower Hamlets, John Biggs, said: “We are committed to helping our residents to take advantage of local enterprise opportunities – and Tech City is on our doorstep.
“Initiatives like Quay Code Club help our residents to engage in the tech industries to develop future aspiring leaders.”
Attending on the day, Precious Otunuga, 15, from Sir John Cass School, said: “I have really enjoyed building the computer – it’s something I have never done before, and I’m surprised how easy it is.
“I’d like to make education apps for blind and deaf people as part of my career, so I’m definitely coming back here for more classes.”
Shofiqul Alom, 18, from Stepney said: “I enjoy coding and take every opportunity to develop my skills.
“I like the fact that you can build anything from nothing through coding, and that you can put any components that you want into a computer so that it does exactly what you want.”
Cllr Joshua Peck, cabinet member for Work & Economic Growth said: “I am proud that our local employment record is at an historical high.
“We are working closely with key partners and local agencies to create new opportunities and initiatives to support our residents into new and established local employment sectors.”
Councillor Asma Begum, cabinet member for culture, added: “We have developed a full week of activities to help residents improve their digital skills during Get Online Week.
“We will continue to offer free access to the internet and free training courses to ensure that our residents can make the most of online opportunities.”
Quay Coding Club is open to all Tower Hamlets residents who want to improve their coding/software development skills.
Young people (NEET and in school), parents and ICT teachers are particularly encouraged to join the Club.
1. Also attending on the day, Fahinal Islam, 14, from Stepney Green said: Building a computer is really interesting – you don’t expect something so simple to power a whole computer.
“I’ve done coding at school, but I’d like to come back here to find out more.”
2. Quay House is a 15,000 sq ft office block in Canary Wharf awaiting
3.The council is working with the Elysium Foundation, a local organisation, which is providing the venue for the Coding Club on a monthly basis.