By 2020, it is projected that Europe will experience a shortfall of 800,000 information and communications technology employees, highlighting an urgent need for more code-savvy people to enter the EU workforce.
In order to help bridge this enormous gap, and to get more Europeans of all ages and backgrounds into coding, the 3rd annual E.U. Code Week will take place from October 10-18, 2015, consisting of hundreds of code-based activities such as robot camps, tech fairs and more, held in hundreds of locations throughout the continent.
Building off the success of last year’s event where an estimated 150,000 people participated in EU Code Week in 36 countries in Europe, this year’s events are expected to be bigger than ever, allowing even more Europeans to be introduced to, or to dive deeper into the world of coding; a skill which is becoming more and more vital in today’s increasingly connected global community.
“Technology-based education should be a 'must have', not just a 'good-to-have', for all ages – which is why the European Commission supports and promotes campaigns like Code Week, to make learners fit for 21st century life and work,” said Andrus Ansip, Estonian politician currently serving as Vice President for the Digital Single Market on the European Commission.
“So I would like to see more people, and especially young people, become interested in digital careers and show them they can be challenging, creative and rewarding – and fun,” said Mr. Ansip.
Take Alex Gugel, a Hack Reactor alum from Amsterdam who studied at our San Francisco school. Alex, now an employee of Famo.us at their new Amsterdam location, created Papier, a program which helps simplify CSS coding, making it more streamlined and efficient when building a webpage using CSS.
Or Nick Balestra, who lives in Switzerland and is currently a student in Hack Reactor’s Remote Beta program. Nick and his team recently won a hackathon sponsored in cooperation by Uber and Remote Beta developing, Uberify, allowing users to connect with an Uber driver in minutes, without leaving their browser.
Alex and Nick are just a few examples of how we are and will continue to help the EU in its mission to get more people into coding, so that they will be able to better face the 2020 challenge.