Frontend Developer Sophia Littlejohn (24) talks about her experience of coding with kids and illustrates the advantages, challenges and best practices of this sustainable way to offset the growing gap of developers. The talk is followed by a playful introduction into coding. *** Frontend Developerin Sophia Littlejohn (24) spricht über ihre Erfahrungen zum Programmieren mit Kids und zeigt Best Practice, Vor- und Nachteile dieser nachhaltigen Methode, die immer grösser werdende Lücke an nachrückenden Developers zu schliessen. Auf den Talk folgt eine spielerische Einführung ins Programmieren.
Sophia Littlejohn (24) , Swiss-American, Frontend Developer at Ginetta Web/ Mobile:
« When I started coding my life changed – for the better. There are many reasons why learning to code is a valuable skill to possess, especially nowadays. It’s not just fun but it’s also a highly sought after profession. Companies are shifting their presence more and more to the web and creating innovative technical solutions and therefore need developers. Here in Switzerland the amount of unfilled development roles is on the rise and there aren’t enough new developers to offset the gap. How can we help fill the positions and why should we? I love teaching and I want to show you how fun and sustainable it can be to learn to code the way the kids do. »
Ablauf der Session
5 min: intro, motivation, me, my job
10 min: how does teaching kids to code relate to sustainability, what is the importance of code literacy in the future
10 min: my experience teaching kids to code, what I learned, what they learned, challenges, how to conquer challenges, what are the advantages of learning it at a young age
10 min: what is scratch, how does it make coding easy
20 min: make a game with scratch / coding session
Everyone even with zero technical experience.
Ginetta is a leading Swiss digital agency that consults clients on their digital strategy. We carefully design and develop digital products that are fast, simple and beautiful. With a rooted user-centered approach, Ginetta has helped companies such as Swiss Re, Helsana or Hilti to make their digital business thrive and created popular apps for SBB (Swiss national railway company) or Doodle. Based in Zurich, Bern and Braga Ginetta has over fifty employees from fifteen nations.