By Clair Deevy, Citizenship Lead Asia Pacific, Microsoft Singapore
Have you ever wondered if you could learn to code but thought it sounded too hard? Or not very fun? Well the Hour of Code has landed for 2014 and is here to help you get started and have a whole lot of fun in the process!
Started by nonprofit code.org and supported by Microsoft and many other technology companies the Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries. One-hour tutorials are available in more than 30 languages. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. No experience needed.
The Hour of Code is an initiative to bring coding to 100 million youth during Computer Science Education Week, 8–14 December, because every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.
Microsoft is proud to be a lead supporter of this global movement that helps students discover the fun of coding and, more importantly, how it can be a catalyst to create and achieve great things.
“At Microsoft, we are passionate about creating technology that impacts the world and empowers people and organizations to do more and achieve more. This big vision demands that we have a vibrant and diverse workforce — an issue all companies in the technology industry face today. Now is the time for us to get more involved and that’s just what we’re doing,” declared Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO.
Along with the rest of the world, Asia is ‘all in’ when it comes to learning the common language of code! To learn more about activities and events and to join the conversation about how coding has benefitted you, follow us on our #YouthSpark #WeSpeakCode Facebook page.
For those new to coding — give it a try yourself here.