We won a thing!
The award is in recognition of the collaboration between MadLab and CodeUp during National Coding Week last September, in which we ran five workshops here at MadLab, to 90 people over the course of one action-packed Saturday.
You can read more about the day here.
Richard Rolfe, co-founder of National Coding Week, praised the partnership and its success ‘in reach[ing] out into the immediate community and to the wider community.’
Reflecting on the importance of making coding accessible to all he went on to say,
“With so much emphasis on children learning to code, many adults feel that they have missed out on the digital revolution which is why it’s vital that organisations such as MadLab and CodeUp continue to support their local community by taking part in National Coding Week. They thoroughly deserve this recognition of their efforts and I look forward to working with them to bridge the digital skills gap even further in 2016!”
Claire Dodd, CodeUp Founder and MadLab’s self-proclaimed Kitten Wrangler, said:
‘We’re really excited to have been part of National Coding Week 2015. It has led to numerous collaborations between CodeUp and MadLab since. In fact, we we’ve gone on to train hundreds of adults basic digital skills together. We’re really looking forward to working together more in the future, and can’t wait to see what 2016 brings us!’
National Coding Week will be returning for the third time in 2016 from September 19th – 25th.
About National Coding Week
National Coding Week is sponsored by JT Group and International Tech Conference organisers Future Insights. It was founded by former Head teacher Richard Rolfe and young entrepreneur Jordan Love. The pair work together to train unemployed people, helping them to gain employment in the digital sector. Their aim is to prove that anyone, irrespective of age and background can learn to write computer code.
2016 National Coding Week Winners
Category: FE College — Winner: Barking and Dagenham College
Category: Partnership — Winner: MadLab and CodeUp Manchester
Category: Primary School — Winner: Mereside Primary School Blackpool
Category: Teacher — Winner: Thomas Sale Mereside Primary School
Category: Not-for-Profit — Winner (Enillydd): WEA YMCA CC Cymru
Category: Business — Winner: Yard Digital, Edinburgh