Breaking the Code

Who wants to code? If the thought alone gives you chills, don’t panic, you are not alone. Let’s face it coding is a bit scary for most of us. But, never fear, the Hour of Code is here to help us all, whether you are four or 104 years old!

In case you are wondering, The Hour of Code is an introduction to computer science. A global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries, the program consists of one hour tutorials in more than 40 languages.

“The Hour of Code is designed to demystify code and show that computer science is not rocket-science, anybody can learn the basics,” said Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org. “Over 100 million students worldwide have tried an Hour of Code. The demand for relevant 21st century computer science education crosses all borders and knows no boundaries.”

Now, you are unlikely to be an expert coder at the end of the hour, but hopefully you will have a new appreciation for computer science. It’s a digital world today and computer science is at the heart of it. The Hour of Code movement makes that understanding accessible to all ages, all students, regardless of background. And, that is something we can get behind!

We are already seeing the changes. Millennials are entering the workforce in full force and they are digital ready. With the swipe of their screen, they are running their lives. And, that is only going to get more apparent as the world continues its digital transformation. Companies are beginning to adjust for this new market. With the Hour of Code, not only will more people understand coding and computer science but companies also get a glimpse into the future.

With so many benefits, it’s no wonder we felt this was a great fit for our company. Our offices around the world are setting up their own Hour of Code events – and people love it! From employees to children, these events are getting everyone involved.

With events in Canada, Germany, North America, and more, our teams are meeting up and learning to code.

So, how is it going? Just ask 10-year-old Ian Darroch in Waterloo,“I had a blast. I only wished it was ‘2 Hours of Code’!”

How about our more senior students? Bill Combs from our Gaithersburg office says, “The Hour of Code was indeed fun and informative!  It has been a very, very long time since I’ve coded programs, and, I was interested to see what it was all about.”

And, having personally participated, I can say the Hour of Code is a fantastic initiative that is both fun and informative.

Click here for a recap of our Waterloo event!

Anyone can host an Hour of Code event. If you are interested, check out the official website.

About Robin Lane

Robin Lane
Robin is OpenText’s Senior Manager of PR & Social Media. She heads up OpenText’s brand journalism strategy, working across the organization to help tell all facets of the OpenText story. Over the years, Robin has put her passion for writing to work for many leading technology companies to launch and manage their branding and digital media initiatives.