By Thomas Macaulay
Over the next ten years it is estimated that 1.4 million jobs will be available in computer sciences but only 400,000 graduates will be qualified to do them. Digital skills are also important outside of the information and communications technology (ICT) sector. Over 90% of jobs need them, but under half of the EU population have them. It’s why coding has been called “the new literacy.”
WeCodeBCN aims to prove that everybody can and should learn it. At this one-day coding festival, up to 500 people will learn the basics of coding in twelve hours. Barcelona’s first coding festival, and the biggest in Europe, has a philosophy of learning by doing.
Small groups supported by a teaching assistant will create a fully functional website based on a real project brief. They will receive an introductory class on HTML and CSS, so no experience of computer languages is required, only an interest and a keyboard.