Chance to learn ‘seven languages in seven days’

As featured in Talking Digital, Manchester Evening News, September 2016

National Coding Week is set to take Manchester by storm. The national event aims to inspire people to learn coding and other digital skills, and this year sees the latest installment of workshops from MadLab and CodeUp UK, entitled ‘7 languages in 7 days’ (plus two frameworks, a versions control system, and an unconference…)

Last year this award-winning partnership between MadLab and CodeUp hosted five coding workshops and trained almost 100 people in a single day! This year we’re going even bigger, with plans to bring Manchester a full programme of events across the week.

After organising the events in 2015, I (CodeUp Founder, Claire Dodd) was asked to become a National Coding Week Ambassador. I’m passionate about making digital skills accessible to anyone who has the desire to learn them, which I promote through my work at MadLab and with CodeUp.

Becoming an official ambassador for the cause has inspired me to do even more, and so far I have helped set up 12 events in Manchester, with more on the way.

The week-long celebration kicks off at MadLab, with five workshops designed for people who have no prior coding experience, including introductions to HTML & CSS, Javascript, Python, Ruby and Arduino.

The evenings will be filled with additional events from CodeUp branches around the area,including the launch of CodeUp Wigan, the latest addition to the ever growing adult code club organisation, and a cross between CoderDojo and CodeUp from the Stockport team.

The week culminates with BarCamp Manchester over the Saturday and Sunday, a 2-day, free to attend, annual ‘unconference’ for anyone with a passion for learning and sharing knowledge. The final round of workshops occur on the second day of the conference, and include introductions to GitHub and learning to solder, with both the Django Girls and Rails Girls workshops running throughout the day.

Along with events from other organisations, the Greater Manchester area is currently showing 18 workshops being held for National Coding Week. That’s more than any other area in the UK, including London.

Being part of National Coding Week is a great way to take your first steps into the digital world. In just a few hours we can have anyone coding simple games, madlab.org.uk or codingweek.org.

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