Nottingham, UK 13th March 2019: Capital One has launched a new 'Coders' initiative to enhance the digital skills of schoolchildren which will run throughout 2019. The programme has been designed to spark secondary school pupils' interest in technology, build on their coding abilities and inspire them to consider a career within the tech industry.
The first Coders' 'Ignite Event' was hosted at Capital One's Trent House offices in Nottingham on 13th March, with 25 students from Nottingham Girls' Academy learning how to develop their own mobile apps. Working in teams to develop their app, the students then presented their projects to a judging panel who faced the difficult challenge of selecting a winner.
The winning team impressed judges with their app called Emojify - an app where users can create bespoke Emojis and share with friends. All students left the event with the knowledge gained throughout the teaching day and an inspirational gift bag courtesy of Capital One.
Dave Richards, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Capital One UK: "We want to 'Ignite' a passion for technology while developing the coding skills of school children and our first event has been a huge success. It is just the start of a wider investment we are working on to help support the next generation of coders. We enjoy welcoming students into our offices for these workshops so they can get a sense where their skills could take them. Our Coders programme is designed to help inspire the next generation of computer programmers, software engineers and systems architects."
Coders has been successfully imported from the United States where Capital One has supported over 9,000 students through the programme. The events reinforce Capital One's commitment to investing in the community, promoting digital inclusion and encouraging future generations to consider careers as digital and technological innovators.