London, UK 11th June 2019: Capital One's first London based Coders 'Ignite Event' of 2019 was hosted at its White Collar Factory office, located in the heart of Tech City, on 6th June with 25 pupils from Highbury Fields Girls School learning how to develop their own mobile apps. The Coders 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."
Working in teams to come up with an idea for an app and build it in just one day, the students presented their projects to a judging panel who faced the difficult challenge of selecting a winner. The winning team impressed judges with their Positive Vibes app that focused on users' mental health and wellbeing, with the ability to use it as a journal, access motivational stories or listen to meditation sounds to help relax and destress.
Dave Richards, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Capital One UK: "We are always excited by the Coders events and the girls participating in our first London session of 2019 rated it a resounding success, as we helped develop their digital skills and showcase the future possibilities of a career in technology. 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.