Digital talent solutions specialist Lorien, and award-winning kids’ coding school MAMA.codes extend digital skills outreach programme with kids’ “eco-hackathon”
The ‘Green the World’ hackathon, which will take place in Lorien’s London HQ on 26th October 2022, will see children aged 5-11 take part in hands-on innovation and coding workshops – with the theme focusing on tech’s role in combating climate change, pollution and waste.
75% of the children attending the day will be part of the long-term outreach programme that MAMA.codes set up in 2018 to support families from the community affected by the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, in partnership with local charity Nova New Opportunities.
Lorien has been part of the programme since 2020 – including sponsoring hackathons, funding ongoing coding classes and equipment during the pandemic, and most recently sponsoring free access MAMA.codes’s new app for 3-7 year olds, Looparoo. The hackathon will build on this partnership, continuing to support the Grenfell community and boost STEM career prospects and confidence in children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Teams will be challenged to find solutions for change – from tools to apps and even robots – and will be involved in ideating and prototyping their designs before presenting back. The students will be joined by business leaders and mentors from Lorien and MAMA.codes to inspire and to help them see the real-world applications and potential for their ideas.
With the session taking place at Lorien’s city-centre location, the day is also hoped to give attendees a taste of ‘professional life’, and they will have the opportunity to experience a day-in-the-life at a business – from boardroom meetings and the office buzz to the commute!
David Gettins, Managing Director or Lorien, said:
“We are proud to partner with MAMA.codes on yet another fantastic initiative. It’s no secret that STEM is talent short – which means great career prospects for children that are interested in it. Hopefully we can use this day to open their eyes up to the exciting world of tech, to give them a taste of office life, and ultimately to help them understand their potential. We might even get an insight into where the next generation will take us!”
Liane Katz, Founder of MAMA.codes, said:
“We are delighted to be able to engage more children in the exciting and rewarding world of ‘Tech for Good’, and widen access to quality coding education and future careers. We have already delivered free coding education to over 125 children through our outreach programme and thanks to Lorien’s support and sponsorship we can extend this further.”
“Children are so quick to learn and apply new technologies, and are also passionate about finding solutions to the climate crisis and our environmental impact. It’s very inspiring to watch and I can’t wait to see what the teams come up with on the day.”